Chemistry Teaching Resources
Demonstrations and Experiments
- Access Excellence Collection
An archive of the favorite classroom activities submitted by high school biology and life sciences teachers participating in the Access Excellence program. This resource is hard to resist including, although few experiments actually deal with chemistry.
- Biochemistry Teaching Resources
These pages, by Barry Ganong of Mansfield University, contain descriptions for a series of instructive, workable, and low-cost laboratory exercises for both non-major and major (bio)chemistry students. Titles such as "Surfactant Properties", "Making Soap", "River Water Analysis", "Oxidation Reactions", "Properties of Lipids", and "Carbohydrate Analysis" indicate that these experiments should be useful in many other settings.
- Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen
This site is a sort of warped semi-scientific cookbook of tricks, gimmicks, and pointless experimentation, concoctions, and devices, using, for the most part, things found around the house. These are the classics. Strange goo, radios made from rusty razor blades, homemade stink bombs... amateur mad scientist stuff.
- Chemistry Animation Project
The Chemistry Animation Project presents CAPseries, a collection of multimedia products for use in high school and introductory college chemistry classrooms. Animated using state-of-the-art computer hardware and software, each product offers insight into chemical phenomena for teachers and pupil alike, with intuitive 3-D models and computer-calculated accuracy. Under the direction of Professor Nathan S. Lewis, CAP is chemistry for students by students.
- Chemistry in the Modern World Laboratory
This is a page at CSU Stanislaus linking a series of laboratory experiments describing synthesis and properties of some everyday substances.
The Chemland program set is designed to be used by chemists and chemistry students for the study of the principles of chemistry. The program set has been created with the philosophy that students should learn chemistry by exploring how chemical substances behave in nature. Concepts are visualized with Java applets that use the Java Plug-in. There is also a non-plug-in version for each applet.
- Delights of Chemistry
Chemistry demonstrations illustrated and explained. Enjoy the photo library and stunning chemistry movies straight to your desktop!
- Detection of Alu by PCR
A Human DNA Fingerprinting Lab Protocol by 1994 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, DNA Learning Center.
- Dictionary of School Chemistry Experiments
This document contains experiments from the "low cost" science teaching movement, simplified versions of classical chemistry experiments, experiments using locally available substances and kitchen chemicals, and environmental chemistry. Some experiments anticipate experiments usually done in senior chemistry classes, e.g.. Titration with an eye dropper. The experiments should be "girl- friendly" and "teacher friendly" - there is no overwhelming technology. Enough theoretical background is included to remind teachers of the theoretical context of the experiment. Every experiment is based on materials listed in a modern commercial catalogue of chemicals and equipment.
- Didactics of Chemistry
Descriptions of chemical demonstrations in organic chemistry. Some are computer-aided experiments and other are miniature experiments shown with a projector. The web pages are available both in English and in German.
Draknätet är avsett för elever och lärare på mellanstadiet. Här kan barnen få kontakt med den kemikunnige draken Gilbert och hans experiment. Till lärarna ges råd och tips på temat kemiundervisning. Här finns också ett öppet diskussionsforum i webmiljö.
- EducETH Chemie
These pages at Kantonsschule Baden in Switzerland, presented in German, contain a section titled "Versuche für das Chemische Praktikum" with descriptions of 18 different experiments which are highly suitable for the education of teachers. If you read German: Visit these pages!
- Equilibrium Dialysis Experiment
This is an interactive computer simulation of an equilibrium dialysis experiment performed to study the chemical properties of antibody molecules. The experiment is discussed briefly in most current textbooks for college upper level and first year medical school courses in immunology.
- Fisicoquímica: Problemas y Prácticas de Laboratorio
Guías de Trabajos Prácticos y Problemas para estudiantes de Fisicoquímica de las Carreras de Ingeniería Química y Licenciatura en Química, utilizada en la Facultad de Ingeniería Química de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina)
- Fuel Cell Demonstration
A simple way to demonstrate av fuel cell using platinum electrodes. The experiment is explained and presented with movies. For those who want to repeat this experiment at home, the electrodes and a manual can be purchased from this site.
- Isolation of Caffeine from Tea
A microscale experiment using one or more tea bags and a clean dichloromethane extraction of the caffeine from water.
- Kemilärarnas Resurscentrum
Inspirationskälla för kemilärare. Kemilärarnas Resurscentrum ger lärarfortbildningar och hjälper kemilärare som behöver en "nytändning".
- Luminol Chemiluminescence
Recipe for generating chemiluminescence from 3-aminophthalhydrazide (luminol).
- Lab Modules from CURI Women-in-Chemistry Consortium
A series of multi-week lab modules in all fields of chemistry are described. The labs feature a collaborative, open-ended, inquiry-based approach. Many of the labs explore the chemistry of everyday life.
- Molecular Model for an Ideal Gas
This java applet shows a microscopic model for an ideal gas. The pressure that a gas exerts on the walls of its container is a consequence of the collisions of the gas molecules with the walls.
- Physics Demonstrations - A Sourcebook for Teachers of Physics
Sure, the title says physics, but have a look for yourself. Tons of experiments in a hypertextbook, many could easily pass as chemistry experiments.
- Pressure Chamber
A Java applet with a simulation of a pressure chamber. Four experiments can be performed: constant volume, constant temperature, ideal gas, and adiabatic.
- Roanoke Valley Governor's School
On this page ther's a link to "Laboratory", which contains tips for keeping the lab book, safety rules in the laboratory, and descriptions for various experiments.
- Science in the Marketplace
A reference book for students searching for research or science fair projects, and a teacher resource for lab activities for all science classes. This book contains over 60 lab activities based on everyday consumer topics. Suitable for grades 7-12. There are 4 sample activities to download.
- Science is Fun
The master of chemical demonstrations, Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, shares the fun through videos and books.
On this Web page can expect to see experiments for general through advanced levels - in school or just for your interest, search for a specific experiment, and add experiments of your own.
- Science Teachers' Resources - Chemistry
This resource center is designed for science teachers to share information that they have found to be useful in the classroom. WHen indexed, the two chemistry sections contained some 20+ hands-on experiments suitable for use as demonstrations.
Skol-Kemi är en resurs på Internet som riktar sig till elever och lärare i grundskolan och gymnasiet. Du hittar ett stort antal väl strukturerade, enkla experiment med riklig bakgrundsinformation. En stor del av experimenten är utformade av lärare och lärarkandidater som går fortbildningskurser som ges vid Umeå Universitet.
- Steve Marsden's Chemistry Home Page - Honors and A.P. Resources and Labs
The site has a lot of content specific links as well as a growing collection of experiments for the honors and advanced secondary level.
- Stichting C3 - Dutch Site for High-school Chemistry
De Stichting C3 wil de samenleving - en in het bijzonder het onderwijs en de media - onafhankelijke, wetenschappelijk verantwoorde informatie verschaffen, die bijdraagt tot een evenwichtige beeldvorming van de chemie, de chemische industrie en de beroepsactiviteiten die daarbij een rol spelen.
- Teachers Resources for ChemCom
ChemCom is a chemistry curriculum written for secondary school students by the American Chemical Society (ACS). It attempt to enhance science literacy by emphasizing chemistryís impact on society. It is aimed at the student who will become a citizen but not necessarily a scientist in a technological society. This site acts as a gathering place for teachers of ChemCom to exchange information and files with each other. All ChemCom teachers are invited to upload and download information, relating to the standard eight ChemCom topics, that they believe is useful in the day to day teaching of this course.
- Uncertainty in Measurements
Interactive exercises involving measurements. From Project Antoine.
- VIPRATECH Online Simulations
Stirling Engine Animation The Stirling Engine Animation illustrates the functioning of an Stirling engine. The phases of a cycle and the PV diagram are displayed as an animation. The site includes background information but is available only in German.
Temperature Control Experiment This simulation test offers an interesting view of the basis of the control theory. As the user your task is to determinate and to calculate the parameter of a temperature closed-loop. You can test in greatest detail how the closed-loop behaves when the values of the parameter are changed.
Residence Time Experiment This is a Java applet which calculates the time dependent concentration variations in stirred tank reactors connected in series. The applet is in English, but the accompanying theory is presently available only in German.
Four Stroke Cycle Animation - Otto Cycle Four stroke cycle animation of the Otto engine illustrates the functioning of an Otto engine. The phases of a cycle and the PV diagram are displayed as an animation.
Calibration of a Thermo Couple
- Yue-Ling Wong's Java Interactive Titration Simulation
Interactive simulations of acid-base titrations using Java applets.
|That's it folks! This is all there is on chemistry demonstrations and experiments on the web, as far as I have been able to see. A pity, since this is the most viewed of all topics in this collection. So, let's do something about it! I know that many of you out there have excellent experiments and demonstrations that you have developed for your teaching. I also realize that most of you probably don't have the means for making them available on the web, so why not submit them here. We'll see to that they are published here for the broadest possible audience - with full credit, of course, and sanitized for your protection by the liability disclaimer of this server. Don't hesitate to submit your contributions!
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