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An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. This question bank provides an initial list of questions that teachers and students might ask about our resources on ceramics and places where their answers can be found. 

The article Ceramics - introduction has links to further resources and student activities.

Q. What are ceramics?

Q. Traditional ceramics are clay-based. What is clay and how is it formed?

Q. What is the relationship between rocks, minerals and crystals?

Q. What is O-Sialon, how is it made and what uses does it have?

Q. What is superconductivity, and why is there so much interest in it?

Q. What is meant by temperature? What are the scales of temperature used by scientists?

Q. What is a bioceramic?

Q. What is hydroxyapatite and where is it found in the human body?

Q. Metal oxides and non-metal nitrides are finding increasing use as advanced ceramics. What are the properties and structural features that allow them to be used in this way?

Q. What is sintering?

Q. What properties are used to describe minerals?

    Published 27 April 2010