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Chemistry Resources
Externally hosted resources are so labeled.

  • Custom Periodic Table Generator
  • This generator allows you to specifiy which information about the elements you wish to include in a periodic table and generate it based on those criteria. The resulting table is fully printable (please follow the directions given on the page to make sure it prints properly). This utility is a work in progress and the interface may change without warning (although I won't take it down unless something goes horribly wrong).

  • Tabular Properties of the Elements
  • This page uses the data from the periodic table generator to populate a printable table of the properties of the elements. It is currently sorted by atomic number, but custom sorting options are forthcoming.

  • Molar Mass Calculator
  • This great web-based Javascript utility allows you to punch in any molecular formula and calculate its molar weight. It includes an adjustment for decimal places and a printable output window.

  • Create You Own eBook Files
  • My tutorial on how to create files compatible with e-reader devices and apps from your own content.

    External Resources
  • BOZEMAN SCIENCE
  • Operated by Bozeman High School science teacher Paul Anderson, this site contains hundreds of high-quality screencasts and instructional videos acrorss a broad spectrum of disciplines, with more being added every day. In my opinion, Mr. Anderson's videos set the standard for flipping your classroom.

  • The Chem Team
  • A relatively comprehensive site of problem and tutorial for high school chemistry topics.

  • The Orbitron - A Gallery of Atomic Orbitals
  • A gallery of ray-traced three dimensional images of atomic orbitals created by Dr. Mark J. Winter at the University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, in the United Kingdom.

  • WebElements Interactive Periodic Table
  • The original online, interactive periodic table, complete with desciptions, photos, and more. Created in 1993 by Dr. Mark J. Winter at the University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, in the United Kingdom.

  • Classical Scientific Data and Calculations
  • A huge collection of historical data, notes, and papers from famous researchers and scientists.

  • Chemical Equation Balancer
  • A Javascript chemical equation balancing utility.

  • Emission/Absorption Spectra of the Elements
  • A clickable periodic table that displays the emission or absorption spectra of each element, hosted at the University of Oregon.

Education Resources
  • Common Errors in English
  • Written by English expert Paul Brians at Washington State University, this is a great resources for writing of any kind (even technical writing). It details hundreds of common (and uncommon!) errors (and non-errors) in the English language.

  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
  • From the Purdue OWL website: "The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue." A great resource for style tips, citations, and more.

  • TED - Ideas Worth Spreading
  • From the TED website: "TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. " This site contains dozens of great short videos of speakers in every discipline. I have highlighted a number of my favorites below, and each of the blurbs is directly from the TED site:

    • Benjamin Zander - Music and Passion
    • Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

    • Bill Gates - Mosquitoes, Malraia, and Education
    • Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)

    • Blaise Aguera y Arcas - Photosynth
    • Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.

    • Clay Shirky - How Social Media Can Make History
    • While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

    • Clay Shirky - Institutions vs. Collaboration
    • In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

    • Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview
    • You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."

    • Ken Robinson - Are Schools Killing Creativity?
    • Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

    • Ken Robinson - Changing Education Paradigms
    • In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

    • Malcolm Gladwell - Spaghetti Sauce
    • Tipping Pointauthor Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

    • Michael Sandel - What's the Right Thing to Do?
    • Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much is one human life worth? In the "Justice" program that bears his name, Harvard professor Michael Sandel probes these questions -- and asks what you think, and why.

    • Michelle Obama - A Plea for Education
    • Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

    • Martin Seligman - Positive Psychology
    • Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?

    • Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi - Flow
    • Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

    • Rory Sutherland - Sweat the Small Stuff
    • It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.

    • Simon Sinek - How great leaders inspire action
    • Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers...

    • Sugata Mitra - The Child Driven Education
    • Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.