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Curricular Resources in Chemistry

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to Chemistry. Please read our disclaimer.
Active Learning in Chemistry Education (ALICE)
Course materials that can be used by high school students/teachers interested in pursuing independent study. There are 29 chapters in the program - each with reading materials, questions to answer, problems to solve, and many laboratory activities to perform. The course material is free upon request and can be printed, photocopied, and given to students one chapter at a time. Caution: This is a Geocities site with intrusive advertising.

[The] Analytical Chemistry Springboard
A meta-list of links to sites related to analytical chemistry.

Ask an Expert: Chemistry
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on Chemistry may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Science" section (see General Science), as well as the general "Reference" section.

[The] Biology Project
Tutorials and online problem sets designed for high school and university biology students by the University of Arizona. Their biochemistry section covers the following topics: basic chemistry, metabolism, enzymes, energy, & catalysis, large molecules, photosynthesis, molecular structure, pH & pKa, and clinical correlates of pH. See also their unit on Chemicals and Human Health

This WebQuest winner has an online textbook covering seven units (Back to the Basics, Advanced Basics, Chemical Bonding, Periodic Table, Thermodynamics, Solubility & Redox Reactions, and Equilibrium & Acids). Each unit is itself broken down further into sections. There is also a set of 21 chemical labs that students can perform. In some cases the authors provide lab question sheets, which if answered, reveal correct answers. There are also videos showing the lab results in some cases. Caution: navigation through the online textbook is hindered by a reliance on non-descriptive headings however there is a search engine if you wish to go directly to a topic.

A site on the basics of Chemistry with information in the form of text and diagrams on matter, atoms, elements, reactions and how math is used in chemistry.

A chemical compound database that allows searches to be conducted by chemical name, formula, molecular weight, or CAS Registry Number. These are included in the search results as well as data on melting point, boiling point, evaporation rate, flash point, specific gravity, vapor density, and water solubility. Search results also provide synonyms of the compound as well as a generous set of links to additional information about it on the web. This is a free service but the owners may impose limitations on access if there is excessive use from an address (e.g., a single user or the firewall address serving multi users).

Chemical Bonding
A unit of study on chemical bonding which includes explanations, lab activities, demonstrations and discussions.

Chemistry Functions
Students can use this web site to do molar conversions or balance equations. Caution: some instruction in how to use the site may be necessary.

Chemistry Tutor
Explanations are organized within the following headings: Introduction to Chemistry, Reactions, Grams/Moles Converters, Equations & More, Lab Safety, the Periodic Table. In addition, there is an Ideal Gas Calculator, a Celsius/Fahrenheit Converter, an interactive question & answer page, and links to other pages, including for teachers.

Chemist's Art Gallery
Contains visualizations and animations of chemistry done at the host site as well as elsewhere on the Internet.

[The] Chem Team: A Tutorial for High School Chemistry
Study resources for High School and Advanced-Placement Chemistry students.

Here's a virtual chemistry textbook written for high school students.

Department of Chemistry: Educational Aplets
These Java aplets allow students to explore scientific principles through virtual simulations. At the time of review there were six topics: molecules, kinetics, thermodynamics, atmosphere, quantum mechanics, and polymers.

Eric's Treasure Troves of Science
Extensive on-line encyclopedias of math and science. Included are encyclopedias on the following subjects: Chemistry, Scientific Biography, and Scientific Books. Each section is browsable alphabetically or searchable by keyword. Entries have a concise explanation as well as cross links which can be quite extensive.

General Chemistry Online
Articles, an ask an expert service, self guided tutorials, and randomly generated quizzes/drills on specific topics are available at this site. Be sure to also check out their collection of links to other chemistry resources on the web.

Mark's Chemistry Tutor
Explanations of the following concepts: Significant Figures; Dimensional Analysis; The Mole; Stoichiometry; Limiting Reagent;Aqueous Chemistry; Some Common Types of Reactions; Oxidation Numbers; Redox Equations; Heat and Enthalpy; Quantum Numbers; Electron Configuration; Lewis Dot Structures; and VSEPR.

MathMol (Mathematics and Molecules)
MathMol can provide teachers and students with information about the rapidly growing fields of molecular modeling. It includes multimedia components, a 3 D library of molecular images, a MathMol tutorial for K-12 math or science classroom, on-line activities, and water experiments.

Molecule of the Month
This site has a set of links (one added each month) to information about specific, interesting molecules. At the time of review, there were in excess of 30 links.

New York State Regents Examinations
The N.Y. State Regents Examinations are a set of subject-based standardized tests for N.Y. high school students. Here are two resources, from different organizations, that can help teachers and students prepare for these or other similar standardized exams.
  • New York State Education Department Download PDF formatted copies of recent Regents Examinations and answer keys from this page.
  • Regents Exams Prep Centre: Chemistry The Prep Centre, developed by Oswego County high school teachers, is intended to help Grade 12 teachers and students prepare for the N.Y. Regents Exams. Teachers can access sets of sample questions that are organized by subject and then by topic. Alternatively, students can attempt the questions, view the correct answer, or follow a link to a tutorial on the curricular content in the question if they need assistance.

Explanations, exercises and examples of oxidation and reduction concepts.

Ozone to Oilspills
Students from a Princeton University chemistry class have constructed environmental science lessons for middle school students. Topics are chosen from a wide range of environmental issues that lend themselves to chemical explanation. Each unit consists of a series of student lessons/activities. Lesson plans for the teacher are also included. To date, two Princeton classes have been involved and have created two separate projects.
  • Spring, 97
    Lessons on Brown fields, Global Warming, Lead, Waste Management, Transportation, and Water Pollution.
  • Spring, 98 Lessons on: Energy Production and Utilization, Materials and Recycling, Atmosphere and Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Resources, Food and Toxic Substances.

Periodic Tables Theme Page
This CLN theme page has a small collection of Internet versions of the periodic table. Each provides unique resources in addition to basic information about the elements.

Physical Science Activity Manual
This Manual contains 34 hands-on Chemistry & Physics activities that can be downloaded in either MAC (MS WORD) or Windows (Wordperfect) versions. The manual is neither a lab manual nor a series of lesson plans. Rather, it provides the teacher with background information and a collection of student-centered activities which s/he can adapt to local conditions.

Science Hypermedia Index
This site can serve as an encyclopedia of Physical Science terms and concepts.

Virtual Laboratory: Ideal Gas Laws
Students are able to run three virtual experiments in which they control the action of a piston in a pressure chamber which is filled with an ideal gas. The gas is defined by four states: Temperature, Volume or Density, Pressure, and Molecular Weight.

Wilton High School Tutorials and Other Things
Tutorials on about 20 topics in high school chemistry including Stoichiometry, Primary Properties, Oxidation, Balancing Equations, Lewis Dot Structures, Acids and Bases, and more.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Chemistry
This meta-list has links to academic and profit/not for profit institutions; gopher, ftp, and chemistry newsgroups, and world wide announcments in the chemistry field.

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