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It’s possibly one of the most exciting times in your academic life - choosing where you want to go to uni – but as well as checking out what the party scene’s like, you’ll be making sure the course you choose is right for you.

If you’re into biosciences you might be expecting plenty of eye-rolls and exaggerated yawns from mates who reckon they’re going for more ‘buzzy’ courses. So challenge them - here’s a quiz to see how well they know themselves and a couple of experiments to prove that your course is the bomb. And if this is your bag, Loughborough University who have helped us to create this quiz, is a fantastic place to start looking for your ideal course…

And now a couple of fun experiments to impress your mates with the science of food!
Hopefully your uni eating experiences will involve a bit more variety than Pot Noodles and baked beans. There’s heaps to learn about food…here’s some experiments to show why food science is anything but dull:

The Diet Coke eruption

Take a large bottle of Diet Coke, half a packet of Mentos and whatever you do make sure you’re outside – do not ruin your halls of residence or house share on arrival! Take the lid off and put a funnel in the neck of the bottle – you might want to cut a bit of the neck so you can drop the half pack of Mentos in quickly – and then run a mile! This will create a geyser and a half – the tallest eruption to date has been recorded as nine metres…

Test your lung capacity

You might think you’re fit and healthy but just what is your lung volume? Here’s an easy way to get an idea…with just a few everyday household items and a sprinkling of scientific know how, you’ll be able to make this experiment look simple!

All you need is some clean plastic tubing, a very big plastic bottle (be sure to put some masking tape down the side measuring every 250mls), some water. Fill your sink with about 10cm of water and the plastic bottle right to the very top. Put your hand on the bottle top and turn it over making sure no water escapes and put it under the water in the sink. It sounds tricky but you then need to put one end of your plastic tube into the bottle before taking a huge breath. Then take the tube and breathe out as much as you can. Measure your lung capacity dividing the number of marks of 250mls you reached expelling the water by 1,000 e.g. 13 x 250 = 3250 ml / 1000 = 3.25 litres. So if you make friends with any smokers, be sure to tell them that a healthy range is between three and five litres!

For more information about biosciences degrees at Loughborough University visit http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergr...s/biosciences/