To Ignite Interest in Chemistry: Online Periodic Table Resources

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Anyone struggling to learn the Periodic Table of the Elements in Chemistry class will appreciate these fantastic learning websites! (And even if you’re not a Chemistry student, your interest is liable to be sparked . . . )

This beautiful resource, Periodic Table.com, brings the elements to life with a sense of humor and “pictures, stories, and facts” – browse through the photographic examples for a pleasant and edifying journey: http://periodictable.com/
[The site is the companion to a book, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe (2009) by Prof. Theodore Gray.]

The Royal Society of Chemistry brings you this attractive Visual Elements Periodic Table site featuring podcasts and videos: http://www.rsc.org/periodic-table

Los Alamos National Laboratory features a good basic-reference Periodic Table “for Elementary, Middle School, and High School Students”:
http://periodic.lanl.gov/index.shtml

The Office of Science Education at the Jefferson Lab (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility) also has a good learning site on the Periodic Table – scroll down the page for Elements games: http://education.jlab.org/itselemental/

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From U to You: 3 Reasons to Visit Uni Research Hub

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neon blurFor cutting-edge news that appeals to your sense of discovery, check out Futurity.org. It’s a conglomerate of research news from universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, and it’s especially rich in the Sciences (current categories: Earth & Environment, Health & Medicine, Science & Technology, and Society & Culture). Students, here are three reasons to visit:

1)      To find out a bit about your college:
If you are a prospective or transfer student to any of the site’s contributing colleges, you can get an idea of the kind of academic research they’re doing. (Look for the “Browse By School” drop-down menu at right.) That research may or may not impact you directly while you’re on campus, but it’s illuminating nonetheless.

2)      To find ideas for essay assignments or projects:
If you’re faced with a research paper assignment, you can find good topic ideas on the site. Some students freeze when they’re given free rein to choose their own topics, and this would be a helpful browsing site in the “exploratory” beginning stage of research. Scroll down to “popular tags” or just browse around amongst the categories tabbed at the top of the site.

3)      To quench your thirst for knowledge, in general:
Whether or not you’re formally a student, if you consider yourself a lifelong learner, read the site for knowledge’s sake! It’s updated frequently, and you’re bound to find something of interest for discussion, sharing, or simply your own edification.

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Galactic E-Travel: Stellar Astronomy Websites

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An STS-125 crew member aboard the Space Shuttl...

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In honor of the Grain Moon (today’s full moon), fix your star-gazing eyes on these wonderful astronomy websites. Offering truly awesome images from space plus a variety of multimedia and reading material, these sites are bound to get you excited about the sky!

http://www.nasa.gov/
1) What a site for a web-landing! Spend some time exploring: you’ll find NASA TV, videos, speeches, podcasts, space pics, interactive features, and a section for students (K-12 through Higher Education).

http://hubblesite.org/
2) The Hubble Telescope has its own website. Lots of goodies here, including directions for making your own little Hubble scale model. Check out the fascinating tutorial on Dark Energy (under the Hubble Discoveries tab).

http://www.astronomy.com/
3) The companion website to Astronomy magazine. Some content is subscriber-only, but in browsing around, you’ll find interesting free material, such as News & Observing/Astronomy News, Astronomy Myths, and The Sky This Week. You can see some videos at Multimedia/Videos, or News & Observing/Intro to the Sky.

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/
4) The Astronomy encyclopedia from Eric Weisstein’s World of Science. Browse around the Alphabetical Index to get an idea of the scope.

Impressive as these selections are, the web offers many more treasures in homage to space. Type “observatory” or “planetarium” into a search engine; you might find a local site for further exploration – in person!

Math & Science Review: A Few Websites

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Rubik's Cube

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Certain (good quality) study websites can be immensely helpful

(a)    While you’re taking a course (the sites may serve as virtual tutoring), or

(b)   As brush-up exercising for college entrance exams or general college prep.

Below please find a handful of Science and Math learning websites to browse:

http://www.chemtutor.com/
Chemistry help.

http://www.purplemath.com/
Algebra help.

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/
Encyclopedia of math information.

http://www.khanacademy.org
Tutorial videos on this popular site include Math and Science subjects.

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