540 Chemistry

“I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts. The rest are details.” ~Albert Einstein

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that take place with that matter. For an excellent introduction to this subject, see:

CHEM4KIDS.COM is a free website that teaches the basics of chemistry to all ages. It  contains basic information on atoms, matter, elements, the periodic table, biochemistry, and reactions. Activities and quizzes are included.

Middle School

A collection of chemistry links, based on state standards for middle school students.

Periodic Table

Periodic Table Projects


Atom Projects

Chemical Reactions

Reactions Projects

Chemistry of Living Things

Organic Chemistry Projects

High School

A collection of chemistry links for high school students.

Chemistry – Videos on chemistry, roughly covering a first-year high school or college course. (From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.)

CHEMISTRY I: ATOMS AND MOLECULES – Online chemistry text.

CHEMystery – This virtual chemistry textbook serves as an interactive guide to basic chemistry for high school students.

General Chemistry Online – This comprehensive site contains hyperlinked notes and guides for first semester general chemistry; Flash-based kits for building chemical formulas, names, equations, and problem solutions; a searchable database of over 800 common compound names, formulas, structures, and properties; a searchable, crosslinked collection of over 1000 chemical terms with audio pronunciations; self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics; skills checklists and online self-grading examinations; randomly selected trivia questions; and much more!

Organic Chemistry – Topics covered in a college organic chemistry course. Basic understanding of basic high school or college chemistry assumed. (From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.)

Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry– Online textbook. As preparation for the study of organic chemistry, six important principles to which repeated reference will be made are listed on the left (click on “For the Novice”): Structure & Shape, Acids & Bases, Opposites Attract, Stability & Energy, Chemical Reactions, and Equilibrium. By clicking on a name, the nature of the factor will be defined and illustrated. It is suggested that a review of these factors be made before using the on-line textual materials.

The World of Chemistry – A video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs and coordinated books (see image at left). Join with experts to observe chemistry in action and learn the laws and principles of this dynamic field. Computer technology and special effects place students in a front-row seat to observe many processes, even those that are too dangerous or impractical to experience directly. Working industrial and research chemists of all backgrounds serve as role models. The World of Chemistry is appropriate for students taking high school or college chemistry, from introductory to advanced levels, and is easily applicable to different teaching approaches. It includes physics and Earth science components, and is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter. This series supports nationally recognized science standards NSTA and NCSESA. Produced by the University of Maryland and the Educational Film Center. 1990.

Chemistry Labs

A high school chemistry course should include a lab. Below is a list of freely available online chemistry labs.

Virtual Chemistry Lab – The IrYdium Project’s Virtual Lab allows students to select from hundreds of standard reagents and manipulate them in a manner that resembles that of a real chemistry laboratory. It allows students to design and perform diverse experiments. (Requires Java.) There is extensive documentation for the lab, including an instruction video.

Chemistry Labs & Science Fair Projects – Infoplease’s “The Chemistry Place” includes a Virtual ChemLab, Interactive Periodic Table, Chemistry Science Projects (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced), and more. Has an excellent section on understanding and using the Scientific Method.

Chemistry Experiment Simulations, Tutorials and Conceptual Computer Animations for Introduction to College Chemistry (aka General Chemistry)

Additional Chemistry Links

Chemistry Experiments – With these easy experiments, you can learn how to fit an egg into a bottle using pressure, how to make your own chemistry volcano at home, and many more examples of chemistry from The Franklin Institute.

Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments – Written by Robert Brent, illustrated by Harry Lazarus, and published in 1960 by Golden Press. This 114-page book explains to kids how to set up a home chemistry lab and conduct over 200 simple experiments. The Golden Book of Chemistry is very informative with facts about famous chemists, their contributions, chemistry in nature and industry, and a glossary of chemistry terms. The amazingly detailed full-color illustrations remind me of the Magic School Bus books! You can read this classic book online in pdf format, for free. Alternatively, you can download the pdf of the book to save on your computer or print.

Kitchen Science – Explore cooking like a scientist! Presented by The Franklin Institute with content adapted from resources provided in part by the Exploratorium, HowStuffWorks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and The Everything® Kids Science Experiments Book.

Web Elements – What do you want to know about the chemical elements? Explore key information about the chemical elements through this interactive periodic table of the elements.

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