IA ICT requirements – tip 1

Part of the ‘new’ – we have been using them for three years!  😉 – IA criteria is that your students need to demonstrate a range of ICT skills.

One of these skills is to use a database – the link below takes you to the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) online database. This can be used in a number of ways:


The database can be found here:


You could ask your students to look up a homologous series of say, carboxylic acids and plot a graph of enthalpy of combustion against molecular mass.

The main thing is that they will have used a database and satisfied one of the IA ICT requirements.

I am sure you can think of some more creative uses of this database – please leave your suggestions below.

The database is not dead easy to use straight away so if you need a hand please let me know.

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