chemistry resources

Particle models and the structure of matter

Brownian motion
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This simulation shows the random movement of large smoke particles as they are being bombarded by the fast moving molecules that make up the surrounding air.

Diffusion
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This diffusion simulation shows how some large particles dissolve and eventually spread out due to collisions between themselves and the surrounding smaller particles.

Venn diagram: States of matter
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A Venn diagram activity to test your knowledge of the different states of matter.

States of matter
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A simulation that illustrates the particle model of solids, liquids and gases. You can also observe how one state changes into another through evaporation, condensation, melting and freezing.

Conduction of heat in solids
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This simulation is useful for showing the mechanism of heat transfer and the relationship between temperature and the kinetic energy of the atoms. Draggable probes allow you to take the temperature at any point along the bar and the torch has several flame settings.

Rates of reactions
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This simulation illustrates the collision theory and shows how it can be used to explain rates of reaction. Temperature, surface area, concentration and the amount of catalyst may all be adjusted before running the simulation to see how your changes affect the rate of reaction.

Atomic structure and bonding

Build your own atom
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A whole-class resource for teaching atomic structure and electron configuration. Pupils are presented with a mass number and atomic number and must then construct the atom. This resource is also ideal for exploring ions as well as ground states and excited states.

Atomic structure: bounce quiz
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A high energy quiz that requires coordination as well as knowledge. Ideal for the interactive whiteboard. This resource also includes a printable worksheet and a separate activity to help the teacher with marking. (worksheet)

Electronic structure quiz
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Learn how the electrons are arranged in the different energy levels or shells of an atom with this quiz game.

Electron configuration pairs
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Help your pupils get to grips with the electron configuration of the first two periods with this pairs game. Beware, this is a tough one!

Electronic structure: visual database
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A visual tool to help your students explore how the electrons are arranged in atoms of the first 20 elements of the periodic table.

Intro to bonding: bounce quiz
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A quick-fire introductory quiz on chemical bonding.

Covalent and ionic bonding
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An outstanding resource. Explore what happens when atoms bond. The visual tool beautifully illustrates covalent and ionic bonding in a wide range of substances. (worksheet)

Covalent bonding quiz
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Can you tell the difference between a bogus bonding diagram and the real deal?

Ionic bonding quiz
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A quiz to introduce the key concepts of ionic bonding.

Elements, compounds and mixtures
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A visual database explaining the difference between elements, compounds and mixtures.

Identifying elements, compounds and mixtures: bucket sort
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A sorting game in which different substances fall from the sky. Your job is to direct them into the correct buckets.

Metallic structure and bonding

Metallic bonding
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An overview of metallic bonding and structure.

Properties of metals
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This resource illustrates how properties such as malleability, ductility, conductivity and melting point are explained by the atomic structure of metals.

Material properties
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Many words are used to describe material properties. This quiz will help you learn what they all mean.

The periodic table

The elements: names and symbols
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Learn the names and symbols of the elements with this suite of six games. This resource covers the first 22 elements, some significant transition metals and Groups 1, 7 and 0.

Periodic table game
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The classic game but with a twist: now you have to guide falling elements into the correct place in the periodic table. Play this as often as you can and you'll soon know which group and period the different elements belong in.

Periodic table memory game
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A new and improved version of our popular game that teaches you the chemical elements and their position in the periodic table. Now you can play against the clock and choose your difficulty level. If for some reason you want to play the old version click here: old game

Electronic structure: visual database
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A visual tool to help your students explore how the electrons are arranged in atoms of the first 20 elements of the periodic table.

Metals and non-metals: bucket sort game
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Can you tell the difference between a metal and a non-metal? Use your knowledge to guide the falling elements into the correct buckets.

The elements: e-trumps
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What better way to learn the facts and figures surrounding the elements than with this digital version of a classic game?

The elements: Higher or lower game
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This classic game will help you learn and remember the vital statistics of the elements.

The elements reaction quiz
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A quiz to test your general knowledge of the elements.

Chemical formulae, equations & calculations

Chemical formulae: bucket sort game
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A clever, clever game that helps you understand what chemical formulae mean. Simply count the number of atoms in the falling formula then guide it into the correct bucket. Easy peasy!

Covalent and ionic bonding
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An outstanding resource. Explore what happens when atoms bond. The visual tool beautifully illustrates covalent and ionic bonding in a wide range of substances. (worksheet)

Binary ionic compounds
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Practise writing formulas and names for binary ionic compounds with this simple resource. (worksheet)

Balancing chemical equations
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Learn to balance chemical equations with this flash activity. (worksheet)

Balance the photosynthesis equation
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The aim of this visually attractive resource is to balance the photosynthesis equation. The program displays a running tally of the number of elements on each side of the equation and lets you know when it is balanced.

Introducing the mole
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A beautifully visual resource where pupils drag substances onto the scales and perform calculations involving relative atomic mass and the number of moles. (worksheet)

Chemical reactions

Rates of reactions
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This simulation illustrates the collision theory and shows how it can be used to explain rates of reaction. Temperature, surface area, concentration and the amount of catalyst may all be adjusted before running the simulation to see how your changes affect the rate of reaction.

Reactions of metals and metal compounds with acids
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A drag and drop activity to help you learn how acids react with metals and metal compounds. First you construct word equations for different reactions then by identifying a pattern in the equations your final task is to construct a general equation.

Moonlander: reactivity series game
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Use your knowledge of the reactivity series and inter-planetary flight to land your spaceship on the moon pads in the correct order.

Interactive reactivity series
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A fun whole-class game for pupils to learn where the different elements are placed in the reactivity series; specifically designed for interactive whiteboards.

Universal indicator
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This resource helps pupils to discover the acidity of basic household products by using a universal indicator and colour chart to estimate the pH of different solutions.

Fossil fuels and carbon chemistry

Alkanes and alkenes
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Wonderful three-dimensional models of the alkanes and alkenes (methane, ethane, ethene, propane, propene ... heptane, heptene).

Allotropes of carbon
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View all the molecular structures of carbon in dazzling 3D: graphite, diamond, nanotubes and the amazing Bucky ball. To see the application you should use the latest version of your browser.

Crude oil and fractional distillation: bounce quiz
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A high energy quiz that requires coordination as well as knowledge. Ideal for the interactive whiteboard. This resource also includes a printable worksheet and a separate activity to help the teacher with marking. (worksheet)

Fractional distillation column
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Help your pupils understand the oil refining process with this lovely animation of a fractional distillation column.

The carbon cycle
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A beautiful resource that illustrates how carbon cycles from one carbon store to another. You have full control over the animation and can isolate different processes (e.g. respiration or photosynthesis).

Some biological molecules

Carbohydrates
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Don't just talk about carbohydrates - show your pupils exactly what they look like in glorious, interactive 3D. The library includes a selection of common monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides.

DNA: 3D interactive molecule
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An awe-inspiring 3D model of the beautiful double helix...this has to be seen to be believed. To see the application you should use the latest version of your browser.

The Earth, its resources and their extraction

The rock cycle
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Two drag 'n' drop activities to teach you all about the different types of rock and how they are formed.

The blast furnace
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A lovely animation showing the process by which iron ore is converted to iron in the blast furnace.

The nitrogen cycle
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This resource illustrates how nitrogen cycles from one nitrogen store to another. You have full control over the animation and can isolate different processes.

Nuclear chemistry

Penetration of radiation
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A simple visual aid to show how far the different forms of radiation will travel through different materials.

Types of radiation: summary table
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Alpha, beta and gamma radiation: a tabular summary of all the properties and characteristics of the three types of radiation.

Nuclear equations
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In this super activity you must solve nuclear equations for alpha and beta decay. After a few rounds of this game you'll be able to solve these problems in your sleep.

Radioactive decay and half-life
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A feature-rich application to investigate the decay of short-lived radioactive materials and determine their half-lives. The simulation outputs tabular or graphical data in real-time that the pupils analyse to calculate the half-life. This resource includes complementary worksheets.

Radioactive decay quiz
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A quiz to test your knowledge of the different types of radiation (alpha, beta, gamma) and their characteristics.

Nuclear fission
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A clear animation and some slides describing the fission process.

The power station
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This animated power station illustrates how electricity is generated from nuclear energy and fossil fuels.

Video: Why nuclear energy is terrible
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A video courtesy of kurzgesagt.org presenting the arguments against nuclear energy.

Video: Why nuclear energy is awesome
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A video courtesy of kurzgesagt.org presenting the arguments for nuclear energy.

Pros & cons of nuclear power
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A super whole-class activity where students discuss and debate the pros and cons surrounding nuclear power in order to rank the issues according to their importance and score them on their impact.

3D molecules

View these molecules in glorious interactive 3D (Java plugin required).

Allotropes of carbon
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View all the molecular structures of carbon in dazzling 3D: graphite, diamond, nanotubes and the amazing Bucky ball. To see the application you should use the latest version of your browser.

Boron nitride: 3D molecules
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View the giant covalent structures of boron nitride in dazzling 3D; hexagonal, cubic and nanotube polymorphs.

Carbohydrates
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Don't just talk about carbohydrates - show your pupils exactly what they look like in glorious, interactive 3D. The library includes a selection of common monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides.

Alkanes and alkenes
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Wonderful three-dimensional models of the alkanes and alkenes (methane, ethane, ethene, propane, propene ... heptane, heptene).

DNA: 3D interactive molecule
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An awe-inspiring 3D model of the beautiful double helix...this has to be seen to be believed. To see the application you should use the latest version of your browser.

Chlorophyll
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A beautiful, interactive 3D molecule of chlorophyll. Show your pupils what the molecule essential to photosynthesis looks like. To see the application you should use the latest version of your browser.

Practical skills

The parts of a Bunsen burner
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Learn the different parts of a Bunsen burner with this interactive labelling exercise. (worksheet)

Using a Bunsen burner: bounce quiz
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Find out how much you know about using a Bunsen burner safely with this interactive quiz game.

General resources

Prefix values: chicken coop game
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Can't tell the difference between a Mega and a milli? Freak out at the sight of Giga, micro or nano? Fear not for this game is here to sort you out. Play it to learn the values and symbols for all the unit prefixes you're likely to encounter in school.

Hazard symbols - New GHS pictograms
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Make sure you're up to speed with the new hazard symbols with this visual database and memory game

Hazard symbols - Old CHIP symbols
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Find out about the hazard symbols with this visual database (great for project work). This resource also contains a memory game to test how much the class knows about the hazard symbols.

Timer
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A new improved timer that now includes a countdown timer as well as a standard timer. Some of the alarm sounds are not for those of sensitive disposition. The time is given in Hours, minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second. Handy for timed tests, exams and activities.

DR ABC - emergency response
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Would you know what to do in an emergency? Use this informative resource to make sure you do!

Class minder
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A digital assistant that keeps an eye on your class on those rare occasions when you have to pop out.