Chemistry Resources

Chemical Detectives: Structural analysis using spectroscopy

In 2010 an excellent site set up by Associate Professor Richard Morrison to provide spectroscopic data information for a wide range of different compounds.  Students can use this data to determine structures and develop their skills in interpreting spectra. This project was supported by CEA.

However, we apologise for the inconvenience, but this program is unavailable now. (If you wish to continue to use this program with your students, please email Penny Commons for a copy of the files.) 

Now available instead, for use on ipads, iphones etc is the CEA free App from the App Store. This App does the same thing in a more convenient way.


Units 1 - 4 specific references

Unit 1

Isotopes - An animated BrainPOP movie about isotopes from Mcgraw-Hill.

Atomic Model - See how the atomic model has developed over time with this animated BrainPOP movie from Mcgraw-Hill.

Isomer Construction Set - Build all the isomers of octane, starting from propane from General Chemistry Online, Frostburg State University.

The Macrogalleria -a Cyberwonderland of Polymer Fun from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tutorial on balancing equations - An interactive Shockwave tutorial from Wake Forest.

Patterns in 

the Periodic Table - A revision unit and quiz from the BBC Schools Revision Guides University.

Unit 3

Mass spectrometry - a Shockwave movie explaining the operation of a mass spectrometer from the Poon-Mundy Computer demonstrations.

Paper chromatography - A detailed description of the technique, including downloadable movie files, from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Naming organic compounds - Useful for VCE chemistry revision but it also includes aldehydes and ketones which are not part of the current course, from BBC revision guides.

Reactions of carbon compounds - Useful for VCE chemistry revision but it also includes aldehydes and ketones which are not part of the current course, from BBC revision guides.

The Macrogalleria -a Cyberwonderland of Polymer Fun from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Proteins - an interactive module about proteins from the Unilever Education Advanced Series.

Enzymes - A revision unit and quiz from the BBC Schools Revision Guides.

Unit 4

The production of sulfuric acid  - the technology of sufur burning to produce sulfuric acid from Enviro-Chem Systems (a Monsanto Company).

Fractional Distillation - An interactive flash-based animation of fractional distillation, from schoolscience.co.uk

Catalytic cracking - An interactive flash-based animation of catalytic cracking, from schoolscience.co.uk

Effects of temperature, concentration, catalysts and inhibitors on reaction - from Online Introductiory Chemistry by Dr Walt Volland.

The pH and pOH game - a Rags to Riches game from Quia created by Kevin Dunbar.

Equilibrium and the Haber Process - A revision unit and quiz from the BBC Schools Revision Guides.

Rates of reaction - A revision unit and quiz from the BBC Schools Revision Guides.

Catalysts - An excellent explanation of the nature of catalysts and how they affect reaction rates from schoolscience.co.uk

Fuel Cells Basics - from the US Department of Energy, ncluding an animation of fuel cell operation as well as details of the various types of fuel cells.

Fuel Cell Technology - an explanation of how fuel cells work, including an animated movie of the application of fuel cells in automobiles, from Ballard Power Systems.

Electrolysis - A revision unit and quiz from the BBC Schools Revision Guides.

Potential energy diagrams - Reviews ideas from Unit 3 and revises calorimetry. A revision unit and quiz from the BBC Schools Revision Guides.


Useful Chemistry Websites


On-line chemistry journals and magazines

Chemistry International 
The News Magazine of the International Union Of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Some interesting articles relevant to high school chemistry.

Chemistry Review
An excellent magazine for both teachers and students produced by the Department of Chemistry at The University of York. It is published four times a year and provides extremely useful and relevant articles. Highly recommended.

ChemMatters
An award-winning quarterly chemistry magazine for high school students. Selected articles available online.

Elemental Discoveries
Chemical news happenings on the web written by award-winning science writer David Bradley.

Journal of Chemical Education Online
Access to abstracts, tables of contents, editorials and more from the monthly print publication.

Nature Science Update
The latest research reported by Nature's science writing team.

New Scientist. Planet Science
A table of contents plus a selection of articles from the weekly New Scientist, including back issues.

Scientific American
Best of the current issue as well as back issues. Articles include links to related sites.

Science Daily Magazine
A free on-line magazine with breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects.

ScI-Journal
An on-line publication for science students, which gives students a chance to publish work done in their school.

Chem 13 News
Magazine that provides resources and ideas for teachers of high school chemistry.


Hazardous Materials / Safety Data Sheets

Important Note: An MSDS obtained from non-Australian sources may not contain all the information required for compliance with Australian and Victorian legislation or codes of practice. If you are unsure contact the original supplier, importer or manufacturer.

 

Riskassess
An Australian company, Queensland based, that builds risks assessments online for educational purposes.

Student-friendly MSDS

Ajax Online Catalogue 
Download from the Australian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Chem Supply Online Catalogue

Code of Practice for Hazardous Substances
Download from the Victorian Workcover Authority.

Occupational Health and Safety (Hazardous Substance) Regulations 1999
Download from Victorian Legislation Homepage.

Sample forms 
For registering hazardous substances, risk assessment and recording staff training.

Hazardous Substances Regulations, One School's Perspective
From Robert Sanders, Sunshine College.

Where to find MSDS on the Internet

Chemical Safety Information
Chemical and other safety information from The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratories, Oxford University.

International Chemical Safety Cards 
From the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS).


Periodic Tables

Fast Periodic Table

ChemGlobe

Web-elements

Chemicool

Visual Elements

Mokeur's Interactive Periodic Table

Printable Periodic Table from Mokeur
Download in pdf format as either b/w or colour

Listen to Tom Lehrer's Elements Song


Online Chemistry Resources for Teachers and Students

www.le.ac.uk/spectraschool/
A site that gives good videos showing how each technique operates, spectra of over 50 compounds and 3-D models that can be rotated and zoomed of the molecular structures.

RSC teaching resources go live: mastermindingmolecules.rsc.org invites 14-16 year olds to crack the code and win the race to discover a new life-saving medicine.

thedesignstudio.rsc.org is aimed at older chemistry students.

synthesisexplorer.rsc.org allows students to choose starting materials, react them and view details.

www.chemspider.com/ provides chemical structures online.

Chemguide
A site designed for UK A level students but with a lot of information relevant to the VCE Chemistry course.

AP Study Cards
Used for AP Chemistry, from Paul Groves at South Pasedina High School. A lot of the information is relevant to the VCE Chemistry course.

Resources for Chemistry Educators
A selected, annotated collection of the best Web links for Chemistry teachers.

General Chemistry Online

Quia.
Online chemistry games and quizzes.

Just for Students
Online chemical engineering information showing the application of chemistry to many topical situations. From The Chemical Engineers Resource Page.

Chemistry of How Things Work
Case studies of the application of chemistry to our lives. From chemcases.com


Practical Work / Chemical Demonstrations

Delights of Chemistry
40 chemical demonstrations illustrated and explained. University of Leeds

 

 


Molecular Modelling Programs

ACD ChemSketch 8.0 (Freeware)
Chemistry and graphics drawing software that also allows conversion of 2D drawings to 3D virtual models

Taking A Closer Look at Molecular Modelling 
A comprehensive page on molecular modelling with in-depth/informative links.