Chemistry Teaching Resources
Curiosities Related to Chemistry
- The Alchemy Virtual Library
This site, dedicated to Alchemy in all its facets, has been set up by Adam McLean. When last visited from here, it had 30 megabytes of information organised into over 700 individual pages (with 18 megabyes of text) and 500 graphic images, with new pages continually being added.
- The Aphrodisiac Home Page
An introduction to "Love Chemicals" by Johan Santesson.
- Bad Science
Not really a curiosity, but I did not know where to put this page, which is an attempt to sensitize teachers and students to examples of the bad science often taught in schools, universities, and offered in popular articles and even textbooks. There's a bad chemistry section in there too.
- Book of Quintessence
These pages present a mid-fifteenth century magical text, The Book of Quinte Essence. Both a translation into modern English and an HTML version of the original can be found here.
- Characterization of Organic Illumination Systems
Recent anecdotal reports of novel principles of illumination have stressed qualitative aspects. This note presents a quantitative study of an organic illumintation system, characterizing the temperature and current-flow properties of the system as functions of time and device parameters. Theoretical and practical implications of these measurements are discussed. A similar attempting to create new incandescent devices is communicated in the The Light Emitting Vegetable Diode page.
- Cooking HKN Hamburgers and Lighting the Grill
See still photos or an MPEG movie of lighting of a grill with 3 gallons of liquid oxygen. "Result is a grill ready to cook in about 3 seconds, and all the old grease, etc burned off. " Don't try this at home!
- Cure for the Common Cold
In April of 1995, the unthinkable happened. Fast DryTM Lozenges were finally patented as the cure for the common cold. Learn how such an astonishing patent came about!
- Excuses from the Internet
Hilarious! Although not directly related to chemistry, an educator will at least know where all these ingenious, new excuses originate!
- Firework Safety
One of the reasons fireworks injuries continue to occur is because people just don't consider how dangerous these devices can be. People often don't realize - until they are injured - that the risk of blindness or injury outweighs the excitement of taking risks with fireworks.
- Fun with Grapes - A Case Study
The authors have made an important new discovery in the field of culinary entertainment. Properly prepared, the common seedless grape can be made to combust spectacularly when subjected to a short (5-10 second) duration of microwaves. Don't try this at home either!
- Cold Fusion Times
"The journal of the scientific aspects of loading isotopic fuels into materials."
- Fire Eating and Fire Breathing FAQ
Describes the chemistry of pyrovorousness. When linked, this page had the following warning: Fire eating and particularly fire-breathing is possibly the most dangerous and potentially injurious art to be found in circus, theatre and street performing. Experimenting without knowledge may be fatal and the first steps should be taken ONLY in the presence of an experienced person who fully understands the dangers!
- Liquid Crystals - The Quartz Watch
Explore the history and secrets of the quarts watch in this material from the Smithsonian Institution.
- Mad Science ""
First International Virtual Conference on Mad Science - IVCMS'96. Among the submitted "papers", there are some entries that bear a distinct resemblance of chemistry.
- Molecular Machines and Irreducible Complexity
Read about molecular machines such as the cilium or the bacterial flagellum and view illustrations and 3D animations.
- Molecule of the Month
A collection of interesting molecules, put together as a collaborative project between the Chemistry Departments from around the UK. A new molecule is added each month...
- Pyrotechnics - The Art of Fire
The word pyrotechnics refers to the art, craft and science of fireworks. As such, it is related to a variety of arts and sciences - as an underdeveloped art, it is nevertheless comparable to many other human arts, such as music, theatre and film; as a science, it attempts to understand and quantify the chemical and physical phenomena that characterise pyrotechnic reactions.
Resource-World.Net is an educational site designed to give viewers a greater appreciation for where the materials we depend upon for every day life come from and the processes involved in making them. You may select an element from the periodic table, and learn about properties, history , uses and sources of the element. You may select from a number of common consumer items and learn about the raw materials that go into the item. In the future you will be able to select a mineral commodity and learn where it comes from, how it is formed and where it is used.
- Science Jokes Archive
This archive contains science jokes collected by Joachim Verhagen. There is a chemistry section linked in this URL, but it would not be just to direct you past the pointers to the other topics. Some quite fun ones in the chemistry section. Enjoy!
- Science Made Stupid
"The cornerstone of modern science is the scientific method. Scientists first formulate hypotheses, or predictions, about nature. Then they perform experiments to test their hypotheses." This is a quote from this site, but that is also where the serious stuff ends. The rest is, mildly speaking, hilarious!
- Skeptics Society Web
The Skeptics Society and Skeptic magazine investigate claims by scientists, pseudoscientists, and pseudohistorians on a wide variety of theories and conjectures. The question the Skeptics Society asks about all claims it investigates is this: How well do they hold up under scientific scrutiny?
- Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches
Not necessarily chemistry, but I could not resist it: Yet another "don't try this at home" experiment.
- Swedish Christmas Chemistry
The Swedish Christmas traditions consitute a delightful mixture of originally pagan rites, derived from the Viking ancestors, and more recently introduced Christian customs. Many of the traditions are quite fascinating from a chemical point of view. The pages are also available in Swedish (Den svenska julens kemi).
- T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project
Twinkies is a series of experiments conducted to determine the properties of that incredible food, the Twinkie.
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