Chemistry Sites

High School Chemistry General Teaching Tools

  1. Chemical Demonstrations Catalogued: This site is from Indiana University and presents an excellent organization of popular demonstrations with clear concise protocols.

  1. “Library of Common Chemical Compounds”: This site allows you to type in a chemical’s common name and instantly receive the correct chemical name, formula, synonyms, some physical data (appearance, density, formula mass, etc.), thermodynamic data (enthalpy of formation, entropy, etc.), and common uses.
  2. “Chemical Achievers”: An excellent collection of photos and accurate accounts of chemical achievements and the associated scientists. Perfect for student research assignments.
  3. Chemistry in Society Project Ideas and Rubric: An excellent site complete with project ideas and student instructions.

  1. Classic Papers in Chemistry: Perfect for extra credit or research projects. Includes scientists from Avogadro to Volta.
  2. On-line General Chemistry at Texas A & M University: A good reference tool for high school teachers. The lecture notes for this course provide a thorough treatment of each major topic of the course.
  3. Musical Chemistry: The author of this site uses popular music and his original lyrics to inspire or at least amuse chemistry students.

  1. Science and Element games: Hosts an assortment of science and chemistry related games. Excellent for IPC and middle school as well.
  2. Comic Book Chemistry: A very clever presentation of descriptive chemistry that has actually appeared in various comic books. Students of IPC and Chemistry will love it.

Enrichment Opportunities for Teachers and Scholarship Opportunities for Students

  1. Micron Science and Technology Scholars Program: Micron Science and Technology Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship competition recognizing excellence in academics and leadership. Each year, the program awards a top prize of a $55,000 college scholarship and up to twelve $16,500 scholarships for a total of up to $253,000. In addition, each scholar selected also wins a one-time $1,000 cash grant for his/her high school. The competition is conducted in Idaho, Utah, Texas, Colorado and Virginia. Two scholars are selected from each of the five states, with three floating scholarships awarded within those states.

High School Chemistry Content Related Teaching Tools

  1. “ChemTeam”: By far the most versatile website for high school chemical educators. If you need classroom instructional materials, start here!
  2. ’s Virtual Chemistry: This is a truly remarkable multipurpose site. It contains a virtual chemistry laboratory and an incredible VSEPR site and much,much more. The “Machinery Behind the Periodic Table” is not to be missed.
  3. Multipurpose ChemGuide site: This UK site contains excellent explanations of the major topics of chemistry. It was developed to help teachers of A-level chemistry in the UK which is comparable to AP Chemistry, but with a more organic than inorganic focus. An excellent content resource for students and teachers.

  1. Interactive Chemistry Activities: These activities are well done and include a variety of topics such as density, mass laws, stoichiometry, combustion analysis, ideal gases, bonding, calorimetry as well as heat and work.
  2. Animations Galore: A series of quick animations on many important topics throughout the course. Each is nicely done with sound and motion. A great resource for teacher and student use.

  1. Dimensional Analysis Tutorial: This is an interactive tutorial for students that are struggling with dimensional analysis. Additional tutorials may also be accessed from this site originated by Dr. Yue-Ling Wong at Wake Forest University.

  1. Ionic Nomenclature Tutorial: This is an interactive tutorial designed to allow student to master ionic nomenclature. Very student friendly.
  2. Origin of Element Names: Fascinating! A wealth of information on the origin or the names of the elements, their discoverer, their characteristics and properties.
  3. ’s Atomic Structure Experiment: Perfect for the student that continually asks, “How do we know this for sure?” This site describes how physicists explore the structure of the atom. Questions are proposed to the reader and data is described with graphics and analogies. An excellent compliment to a textbook treatment of atomic structure.
10.Nuclear Chemistry: This site contains a clear, concise discussion of nuclear chemistry and transmutation reactions. It also contains an interactive portion for the student.
11.Half-life of a Radioisotope Simulated Experiment: A simulated experiment is performed to determine the half-life of a radioisotope by two different graphical methods. The site provides a quick and practical way to emphasize the concept of half-life.
12.Electron Configuration Tutorial: This site requires students write the complete electron configuration for a given element. Superb for drill and skill acquisition.
  1. Element Properties: This site contains animations that help students understand the structures of the elements.
  2. Atoms, Molecules, Extended structures and Stoichiometry Conceptual Question Bank by ConcepTest: A great source of concept formatted questions on the topics of atomic structure, structure of solids and stoichiometry. Perfect for sharing with students as a review tool. The questions can be downloaded and answers are provided.
  3. Total and Net Ionic Equations: A nice introduction to writing net ionic equations. Has a nice treatment of spectator ions.
  4. Redox Reaction Tutorials: Provides conceptual and easy to use tutorials on everything from assigning oxidation numbers to balancing redox reactions. Very student friendly and very clear explanations with good graphics.
  5. Electrochemistry Movies and Images: A nice treatment of redox, electrochem and periodic relationships.
  6. The Photochemical Blue Bottle Demonstration: Contains a Quick Time movie of the reaction as well as explanation of the demonstration.
  7. Electrochemistry Explanations and Animations:,4647,173347-,00.html A comprehensive site that provides movies, explanations and quizzes. Especially useful in Pre-AP classes.
  8. Stoichiometry and the Copper Cycle Lab: The lab will go faster using light copper turnings in place of the copper wire suggested. This is a classic protocol that yields great results.
  9. Balancing Chemical Equations: Students will enjoy learning to balance equations using this interactive site. It does include some more challenging equations as well as some hints for struggling students.
  10. Making Sense of the Mole Concept: A PowerPoint that presents thorough treatment of the mole concept and includes practice problems.
  11. Tutorial: A nice practice site for students.
  12. Binding Forces: This site contains a basic treatment of the major binding forces. It is appropriate for a first-year high school course and is available in Spanish.

  1. Covalent Bonding: A thorough treatment of topics relating to covalent bonding and its relationship to properties. Contains clarification of bonding concepts that are not always found in a General Chemistry text. Also explains why bonds form and why the difference in electronegativity does not always correctly predict the type of bond formed.

  1. VSEPR: A very friendly description of VSEPR theory along with great structures and the ability to rotate 3-D structures. Also contains practice exercises for students.
  2. States of Matter: A concise explanation of the states of matter including graphical relationships between pressure, temperature and volume for gases as well as phase diagrams.
  3. ’s Law Animation: A super animation to supplement lecture or give to students for enrichment.
  4. ’ Law Animation: Another super animation to supplement lecture or give to students for enrichment.
  5. Animated Gas Lab: Contains a series of animations to demonstrate the basic gas laws. Students can alter one or more variable and observe the results. There are also worksheets to accompany the site.
  6. Soda Pop Shower: This site uses a real time movie to illustrate Boyle’s Law and Henry’s Law. Students will really like it.
  7. Gas Law Quiz: A nice quiz for basic gas laws. It does a nice job of connecting problem solving to real-life applications.
  8. Kinetic Molecular Theory Tutorial: Another nice tutorial by Mark Bishop. This one helps student visualize abstract concepts.

  1. Is Glass a Liquid or a Solid?: This site examines the structure and thermodynamics of glass and is a nice addition to a unit on states of matter.
  2. The States of Matter: A nice introduction to the states of matter. It has some nice example problems.
  3. Structures: Provides a nice summary of the key differences in structure and properties of solids.
  4. Conductivity of Solutions: A beautiful animation to display during lecture that animate solution conductivity.
  5. “The Birds” An Exercise in Isolating and Identifying a Toxin: A very clever hook is used to investigate amnesic shellfish poisoning. The methods of isolating and identifying the toxin are discussed. Makes an excellent addition to any unit on solution chemistry.
  6. Instant Gold: A nice replacement to the lead(II) iodide lab. This site contains a Quick Time movie of the lab as well as instructions and an explanation.
  7. Colligative Properties Explained: A clear and understandable presentation of colligative properties. Excellent graphics. The bell jar portion is particularly notable.
  8. Colligative properties and phase diagram animation: A nice animation that relates the phase diagram of a pure solvent to that of a solution formed with that solvent clearly illustrating freezing point depression and boiling point elevation. Designed for use in a lecture format but could be given to students as well.
  9. Equilibrium: Contains everything from vocabulary to basic concepts and simulations.
  10. Equilibrium Sipmplified: This site will appeal to students. It presents a simplified version of equilibrium concepts and contains some practice problems.
  11. ChemSource Module for Acids and Bases: A comprehensive look at acids and bases. There are a wide variety of demonstrations, teacher resources and labs available. The section on student misconceptions is not to be missed. Also useful for middle school and IPC teachers.

  1. Kinetics Primer:,4647,172009-,00.html Traditionally, first year textbooks do not do the topic of kinetics justice. This site provides an excellent supplement.
  2. Chemical Energetics (Thermo): A very basic site that is ideal for first-year students. Deals with Thermochemistry, Hess’s Law and potential energy diagrams.
  3. A Molecular Interpretation of Entropy: Contains a brief explanation of the entropy of various systems. Emphasis is placed on “degrees of freedom” which is neglected in many texts. The animations of translational, rotational and vibrational motion are very effective.
  4. Gibb’s Free Energy: A concise presentation including illustrations and tables. This site rounds out the thermodynamics section nicely.
  5. Introduction to Organic: A very nice treatment of carbon chemistry at an introductory level. Includes self grading quizzes. Well suited for a first-year course.