Like I said, I'm a foodie! I'm also a big believer that part of loving chemistry is linking it to something fun and familiar, so I make a lot of references in my classes to food (okay, and occasionally monsters). This page is a menu of the resources I've created to help my friends, family, and students learn to love and understand chemistry through my eyes. You are welcome to use anything you like on this site subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0).
Quick topic openers, challenges, or mini demos designed to whet the science appetite!
Labs and other hands-on activities to compliment the main topics of each core topic.
Notes, visuals, tutorials, videos, and practice sheets you can use as is or modify.
Real-world tie ins, from news items to pop culture. Find science everywhere!
"Make-and-Takes" and "Think-and-Plays" to make any get-together a science party!
Not mine, but an AWESOME website for the chemistry of everyday things: http://www.compoundchem.com/. Author Andy Brunning (a chemistry teacher in the UK) does an amazing job illustrating the chemistry of everything from body odor to wine! His graphics also appear on a number of products, perfect as gifts for the budding chemist.
Cat Chat: Spend enough time leafing through different chemistry books and you'll see that the order of the different content units varies pretty dramatically. I tried to make my units 'modular' so you can use them in the order you like best.
Chemistry is everywhere. Chemical transformations maintain the world around us. Most natural processes are based on chemistry and can be understood at a molecular level. For example, the chemical reactions occurring in cells will determine their structure and function and ultimately the nature of the organism to which it belongs. Focus on the why and the how and share the joy and wonder of chemistry with your kids - it's cool stuff!
- Skill Kit
Become a master of gathering and analyzing data, creating and interpreting graphs, rounding calculations to the correct number of significant digits, and using proper chemical nomenclature
- Matter - Nature's Little Legos
Matter is made up of particles, and the fundamental particle from which all matter is made is the atom. There are 117 different elements (think "atom clusters") that form the building blocks of, well, everything!
- Periodic Table - The Ultimate Graphic Organizer!
Specific physical properties allow clusters of atoms to be identified as elements. The Periodic Table organizes the 92 naturally occurring elements and the 16 or so man-made elements based on predictable, repeating properties.
- Light - Tripping the Light Fantastic
Light goes well beyond the wavelengths we can see, and helps us with everything from explaining why we think the universe is expanding to "seeing" what's lurking in the dark.
- Energy - The Price Matter Pays to Play
Energy plays a key role in determining the changes that matter can undergo. Energy changes occur during both physical and chemical changes as phases change or existing bonds are broken and new bonds are formed. Since energy can't be be created or destroyed, energy will determine the changes that matter can undergo
- Bonding - The Glue That Keeps It All Together
A material's properties are determined by the identity and arrangement of their particles. Atoms come together to form bonds during chemical reactions, and the properties of the resulting materials depend on which atoms are combined and how they are arranged.
- Nuclear Chemistry , The Sun and Life
Reactions that take place in the nucleus of atoms are very powerful, because the strongest forces in the universe are those that hold subatomic particles together. Change a nuclear and you release massive amounts of energy!
- Reactions - Breaking Up and Making Up
Chemical reactions can be classified based on what the particles are doing. High school looks at what's going on in terms of what the particles are doing, while college looks at the systems from a more macroscopic view. Tomato - tom-ah-to. Same idea, different words.
- Stoichiometry - Chemical Accounting
Chemical reactions can be quantified based on the amounts of reactants used, products formed, energy gained or released, and so on. Since the tools we use in the lab don't read the language of the balanced equation, stoichiometry can also involve mole conversions.