Interactive Chemistry 

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encourage understanding and use of the web in this way, Serendip provides
annotated lists of links useful for learning/teaching in a variety of
areas (see Interactive Physics and Interactive Biology). The focus is not on course
syllabi or notes but rather on materials from which individuals can learn
themselves, and particularly on those with an interactive component. This
list and annotations was created by Katie DiFelice.  Links were checked July 2005 by Yaena Park and August 2007 by Ashley Dawkins. Suggestions for
additions to the list are warmly welcomed and should be sent to Serendip. 

Click here to jump to one of the following topics:

Chemistry for Fun
Chemistry in a Wider Context
Comprehensive Tutorials
Playing with Applets
Quizzes
Experiments
Periodic Table
Chemical Reactions
Equilibrium
Acids/Bases
Gases
Electron Geometry
Atomic Orbitals/Quantum Theory
Miscellaneous
Links




    Chemistry for Fun
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Nye Labs Online ... scientist Bill Nye takes you through the chemical world around you with a combination of "Did You Know That?"s and neat experiments to try general
Creative Chemistry Fun Stuff ... play with crosswords, word searches, hangman, and jigsaws built around chemical terms high school
MDeA's Chemistry Fun Page ... a list of some fun jokes for the chemically oriented high school  
Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements ... need a break? Here, each element of the periodic table links to a related strip general


    Chemistry In a Wider Context
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Shakespeare and Thermodynamics: Dam the Second Law! ... an interesting website that takes a new look at the elusive second law of thermodynamics by first explaining chemical reactions in terms of energy barriers, then relating this phenomena to daily life general  


    Comprehensive Tutorials
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
General Chemistry Online ... a very highly reccommended chem resource for the high school/undergraduate level, with sections for toolbox, features, tutorials, and more. Massive resource section! high school
Eric's Chemistry ... a collection of chemistry notes and explanations on many topics within general, organic, and physical chemistry, compiled by a college student college  
General, Organic, and BioChemistry ... a tutorial that explains the basics of biochemistry in thouroughly understandable step-by-step pictures high school
An Interactive Guide to Chemistry ... basically, a web textbook that gives tutorials on a variety of topics high school  
Visualization and Problem Solving for General Chemistry ... some interesting and helpful tutorials and demonstrations on certain specific subjects of general chemistry. From the chem department of Purdue University college
Chemistry Resources ... intended to help teachers preparing chemistry lessons, this site provides explanations for different class demonstrations and laboratory experiments general
ChemTeam ... a somewhat dry but very exhaustive explanation of topics in high school chemistry high school  


    Playing with Applets
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Chemistry Activities ... a list of flashcard games to memorize atomic symbols, common polyatomic ions, etc. high school
Interactive Biochemistry ... interactive graphs of titrations, enzyme kinetics, and others. Interesting graphs, but they'll make more sense if you come in with a previous understanding and are only looking for a demonstration of what you already know. college
The irYidium Project ... several applets of interest dealing with such things as acclimation on Mt. Everest, stoichiometry, and combustion engines. The highlight is the chem lab that lets you see the result of many mixings of chemicals, from Carnegie Mellon University general
Molecular Model for an Ideal Gas ... see how the volume of a container of gas is affected by changes in number of gas particles, velocity, and atmosphic pressure general  
Thermal Equilibrium ... Thermal equilibrium is illustrated from a molecular perspective with a Java applet. Two chambers contain gas at different temperatures. What happens when the gasses can mix? Proposes several interesting experiments general
Chemistry: High School Hub ... click on the symbols of the elements listed and drag them to their appropriate place on the periodic table to complete the puzzle high school  


    Quizzes
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
AP Interactive Quiz Directory ... AP course review quizzes, in case you need to review a particular topic high school  
Chemistry ConcepTests ... a series of very explanatory chemistry tutorials interspersed with quiz questions, from the University of Wisconsin college
Chemistry Quizzes by K. Timberlake ... choose a topic to get a set of multiple choice questions, then submit your responses for immediate results high school
Equilibrium Practice Problems ... a comprehensive set of detailed practice problems for different topics within chemical equilibrium college  


    Experiments
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Home Experiments ... some simple do-it-yourself experiments to bring chemistry into the home general
Chemistry Resources ... intended to help teachers preparing chemistry lessons, this site provides explanations for different class demonstrations and laboratory experiments general
Virtual Chemistry Club: Activities ... list of five neat chemistry experiments to be done in the home. Wonder how different types of aspirins behave in the different parts of your digestive systems? What about those color-changing markers? Now you can find out how they work general


    Periodic Table
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Chemistry: High School Hub ... click on the symbols of the elements listed and drag them to their appropriate place on the periodic table to complete the puzzle high school  
Periodic Table of Elements ... click on any element to find statistics on its history and its chemical and physical properties

high school  
Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements ... need a break? Here, each element of the periodic table links to a related strip general


    Chemical Reactions
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
ChemBalancer ... helpful drill to learn to balance equations by inspection high school  


    Equilibrium
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Mission to Mars ... from this page you can access an online version of a unit on equilibrium that links chemical reactions to modern technology. Relies heavily on videos that take a long time to download general
Thermal Equilibrium ... Thermal equilibrium is illustrated from a molecular perspective with a Java applet. Two chambers contain gas at different temperatures. What happens when the gasses can mix? Proposes several interesting experiments general
Shakespeare and Thermodynamics: Dam the Second Law! ... an interesting website that takes a new look at the elusive second law of thermodynamics by first explaining chemical reactions in terms of energy barriers, then relating this phenomena to daily life general  
Equilibrium Practice Problems ... a comprehensive set of detailed practice problems for different topics within chemical equilibrium college  


    Acids/Bases
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Acids and Bases ... a series of problems that works through the basics of acid-base chemistry, with an explanatory tutorial available for each problem high school


    Gases
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Kinetic Theory ... a java applet that simulates a two-dimensional gas. Demonstrates how the velocities of the various particles eventually reaches the Bolzmann distribution general
Gas Laws ... a virtual lecture from Ohio State University with illustrations that show the behavior of gasses, as well as an applet that shows how changing temperature and volume affect molecular motion high school
Molecular Model for an Ideal Gas ... see how the volume of a container of gas is affected by changes in number of gas particles, velocity, and atmosphic pressure general  


    Electron Geometry
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Quicktime Movies for Chemistry ... watch short clips, usually of bond rotation, designed to supplement orgamic chemistry lecture college


    Atomic Orbitals/Quantum Theory
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
What is a Wave Function? ... an animated virtual lecture that explains wave/partical duality more than most general chemistry texts college


    Miscellaneous
Accessibility Level Playfulness Interactivity Explanation
Sheffield ChemPuter ... set of simple calculators for chemistry(to calculate reaction yields, VSEPR structures, etc). From the University of Sheffield high school  




To get a head start on finding further web chemistry resources, check out the following websites. Each of them is linked to many other helpful wesites on the topic of chemistry

World Lecture Hall ... good for any subject, really. access listing of chemistry course materials available online by following "WLH Courses" link to Chemistry

Homepage for Chemists ... links to magazines, newsgroups, databases, tutorials, and more that would be helpful to chemists






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