I have been teaching from Nelson Chemistry (Alberta Edition)
for several years now and I always had it in the back of my mind that it would
be useful to students and other teachers if there was a single page on the
internet that tried to point to the most useful resources I could find for Nelson
Chemistry chapter by chapter. So here is my attempt at doing just that.
Obviously I can't put every Chemistry source I find up on one
page so I am trying to find only the most pertinent, useful, and readable.
If you find a site that is your favorite
that I should add please let me
know. Likewise if you find a site here that has been deleted or has moved,
please let me know. I would really appreciate it.
I have directed my chapter by chapter search of the WWW according to the
format found in the Alberta edition of Nelson Chemistry.
I have a copy of the B.C. Edition and find that both books follow a fairly
parallel course with regards to layout and topics covered. I will try to add
sites based on the B.C. edition where appropriate.
I will also feel free to duplicate sites in different chapters if I find
that the site is useful for more than one chapter.
Take a test!! After
studying each chapter, take a short multiple choice quiz to see how you are
doing! Good luck!! If you find any mistakes can you let me know please?
Chapter 1 Quiz
Chapter 2 Quiz
Chapter 3 Quiz
Chapter 4 Quiz
Chapter 5 Quiz
Chapter 6 Quiz
Chapter 7 Quiz
Chapter 8 Quiz
Chapter 9 Quiz
Chapter 10 Quiz
Chapter 11 Quiz
Chapter 12 Quiz
Chapter 13 Quiz
Chapter 14 Quiz
Chapter 15 Quiz
for Teachers Only : Links for Students : Fun Links for Everyone : Search
Go to Chapter: 1,2,
Go to Miscellaneous Teacher Resources
Matter and Its Diversity.
Interactive Practice on Physical and Chemical Properties:
Review and Practice on Chemical vs. Physical Properties and Changes.
A short web page discussing the various forms of matter.
Chemical and Physical Changes: Another short turorial on
chemical and physical changes of matter.
Mixtures and Pure Substances:
Explains the difference with pictures and examples.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS):
A comprehensive site on all things WHMIS.
Science, Technology and Society : Resources: Links to various
sites about STS topics.
Here is another one of those sites that just about has everything. CSUDH WWW Project For Chemistry: The
homework system and the new stuff section are excellent for chemistry students.
It contains drill problems, word problems, and data analysis for all subjects
Science, Technology and Society : Resources: Links to various
sites about STS topics.
The Particle Adventure:
An Interactive Tour: More physics than chemistry but interesting
The Advanced Light Source: A
Tool for Solving the Mysteries of Materials: Why do Scientists use the
Advanced Light Source--A tool the size of a football field--to learn about
structures as tiny as atoms and molecules? Find out here.
Chapter 2 The
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Web Elements Periodic
problems on periodic properties and atomic structure: A self grading
IUPAC Hompage: A rather
"dry" page but simple and readable.
The Particle Adventure:
A brief history and time-line for the study of the Atom.
Thinking from Democritus to Dalton: Just what is says, a brief history
Rudolph A. Marcus
Mendeleyev's Periodic Table: Many
different styles of the periodic table are found here including Mendelyev's Original table.
Atomic Theory: Diagrams, and descriptions
of various atomic theories throughout history.
If scientific theories keep changing, where is the Truth?:
Read this short essay for yourself. You can also link to "The Scientific method", and "Truth and Proof in Science".
Change and Structure
of Elements : A short page in PDF format describing the classification of
Ions: A short lesson on how they are constructed and how they form compounds with other
How to calculate Empirical and Molecular Formulae.
Chemical Names and Formulas:
Take a quiz on Names and Formulas. Hard or Easy. Your choice.
An easy to follow explanation of what you need to know to write correct chemical formulas and their names.
Chapter 4 :
Molecular, and Formula Masses: Good explanation of Atomic weight, molar mass,
Avogadro and the Mole.
Molecular Theory: Purdue Unitversity
Heat and Temperature:
A short explanation of the difference between heat and temperature.
Equations: Practice balancing equations using Java script.
of Equations and Balancing:
Chemical Reactions: A tutorial on how to balance chemical reactions.
and Net Ionic Equations:
More Double Replacement Reactions:
Just what is says. You can Practice too.
Chapter 5 :
A very quick and clean exposition on sig figs.
More Sig. Figs.:
A more comprehensive tutorial on Sig. Figs. Includes adding and subtracting as well.
Molar Mass and Avogadro's Number:
An excellent online chemistry page from Online Introductory Chemistry Dr. Walt Volland, Bellevue Community College.
Mole Concept and Mole Conversions:
An excellent little tutorial with solutions.
Given Grams, Convert to Moles: Another good page with practice problems and solutions.
The pH Scale:
A colourful and complete guide to pH and Acid/Base Chemistry.
Net Ionic Equations:
Another excellent tutorial from the same people as the previous site.
Solubility: A few links to other sites that offer information on solutions
and solubility, including the next site.
Dilutions: A Survival Guide: This site starts at the VERY beginning with
some basic rules of mathematics. Toward the end it gets to some examples of how
to calculate concentrations. Solubility
This page has a molar mass calculator, a percentage composition calculator and
a useful tutorial about atomic, molecular and formula masses.
Molecular, and Formula masses: Everything you ever wanted to know about
Sheet for Mole Problems:
on Total and Net Ionic Equations: Extra help on writing net ionic
Chapter 6 :
The Behaviour of Gases: This page contains a number of experiments designed
to measure the Pressure, Volume and Temperature behaviour of gases. It is very
much still under construction.
Scuba Physics - Gas Laws and Buoyancy:
Great page for linking scuba diving and gas laws. Also has into to Boyle's Law
Intro To Boyle's Law
A short essay on Boyle's Law and some of its applications.
Gas Laws : Excellent source page for the gas laws.
Sitting On Nails-Boyle's Law
: Construct a bed of nails and learn about Boyle's Law at the same time. Not
for the timid.
of Hell: Whether this story is true or not it is amusing if not well
: Here is another little Jave animation showing the relationship between
temperature and pressure. You can also try to solve problems based on the
Charles'Law Calculator : Just
enter the appropriate conditions into the spaces and press the calculate button
and the answer is yours.
Ideal Gas Law
: A very neat little Java applet showing the relationship between temperature, volume and pressure on the
movement of molecules.
Ideal Gas Law: Java
applet that lets you control the conditions. (Need a Java enabled browser)
Chapter 7 :
Chemical Reaction Calculations
Mols, Percents, and
Stoichiometry : A tutorial on Stoichiometry including gravimetric, gas, and
concentration. You can practice with problem sets and check your answers too.
: A short
4-problem set that teachers how to balance equations and solve stoichiometry
Another useful tutorial on stoichiometry.
On-line tutorial designed to teach students how to analyze titration results.
Useful for all sorts of titrations.
Titration Technique : Here is a short methedology on titration with
an Unknown Acid or Base : A java applet run titration. You get to chose the
unknown, the mass of unknown and the volume. Then you titrate it with a known
acid or base.
: Another Java run applet. This one only draws the graph for a strong acid and
a strong base, but you can change the concentrations of either and determine if
there is enough base to neutralize the acid and calculate the equivalent point
Titration teacher notes: Yes you can do titration with an endpoint other
than pH. Get your teacher to let you carry this one out for yourself.
Chapter 8 :
Chemical Bonding : This is a little more complecated because of all the
imbedded links but does cover all the bonding theory that is covered in the
Nelson Chemistry course.
VSEPR Theory: A good
tutorial on VSEPR theory. Can be quite challenging.
Molecular Modeling: MathMol
(Mathematics and Molecules) is designed to serve as an introductory starting
point for those interested in the field of molecular modeling.
on Ionic Bonding: Fairly comprehensive page teaching the properties of
ionic substances. Also useful for Chemistry 30 level students.
Composition:A self paced tutorial.
Dispersion Forces: A clear explanation.
General chemistry's Intermolecular Forces page: A clear, consice description of all the forces.
Bonding:An excellent resource that includes evidence and explanation.
Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR):
Chapter 9 : Organic
Online Chemistry : This site is aimed specifically to high school
students studying Chemistry.
Notes : A nice short page with clear diagrams explaining how to name and
write the structural diagrams of all the families of organic compounds covered
in the Nelson Chemistry course.
Organic Chemistry Help : Find
organic chemistry tutorials, chemistry FAQs, common organic chemistry reaction
mechanisms, and indexed chemistry links. The tutorials on Nomenclature are
especially helpful for Grade 11 Chemistry students.
Chemistry Concepts : An interesting site that uses a "clickable"
concept map to help explain the complex world of Carbon Chemistry.
Crystal Representation : A simple Chime representation of an ice Crystal.
Library : A great Library of 3-D molecular structures. You need to have the
Cosmo Player installed. You can get it here.
Organic Chemistry : A terrific site that takes you through almost every
step that the Nelson Chemistry Textbook does.
Chime the Netscape plug-in to let you view and manipulate 3-D
representation of molecules.
Gallery of Chime Molecules : Chime Molecules from
"A" to "W"
and Biochemistry: This is an outline for two courses entitled General,
Organic, and Biochemistry. Included are course notes, an online periodic table,
excellent animations (if you have the correct plugins) and a series of self
Exams for the above site. This link takes you to the first exam. Select
others by changing the number in the URL. Great for high school chemistry
Chemistry of Carbon:An excellent site with VRML images.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles:A Yahoo listing of links to Alternative Fuel Vehicles.
Chapter 10 :
Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
:All about Entropy, the Laws of Thermodynamics, and Order from Disorder.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Evolution
:An essay rebutting creationists views of evolution and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Finding the Specific Heat of a Metal: One of many sites giving the procdure for find the specific heat of
The Second Law of Thermodynamics: A
very easy to read and useful explanation of the second law and how it affects
our every day life.
Thermodynamics : A useful University of Sunderland tutorial on
Thermodynamics. Not heavy into formulas.
Equilibrium Virtual Laboratory : Here is a java applet designed to simulate
the diffusion process which occurs when gases of different temperatures are
for Two, Please : A nice little essay that summarizes and refutes the idea
that Evolution is contrary to the second law of thermodynamics.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
: The biggest, most powerful, most general idea in all of science. Why paper,
trees, coal, gas and all things like them burn (and why people
"should" spontaneously catch fire in air), why sand and dry ice even
in pure oxygen can't ever burn, why the sun will cool down, why iron rusts (but
not why it rusts faster nearer the ocean), why there are hurricanes or any
weather at all on earth, what makes things break, why houses get torn apart in
twisters or explosions, why everything living tends to die. A humerous
question/answer disertation on Thermodynamics.
Heaven is Hotter than Hell
: This document reproduces two classics of science parody/humor. The first
appeared in Applied Optics (1972, 11 A14). It applies the physics of
thermodynamics to conclude that Heaven is hotter than Hell. The second is a
response which combines Biblical evidence with thermodynamics to argue that,
while heaven is devilishly hot, hell it hotter still. It appeared in the
Journal of Irreproducible Results in 1979. While the first paper is well known,
and available many places on the www, the follow up isn't as well known. It is
included here, for the first time on the net, in the interest of fairly
presenting both sides of this burning debate on a hot issue.
Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
: This site was written in response to many requests from secondlaw.com readers
that entropy was not presented soon enough nor in adequate detail to easily fit
with high-level texts. Accordingly, this site strongly emphasizes microthermodynamics
with sketches. The section on Evolution and the Second Law should be required
reading for all students.
Sites: A short list of other thermodynamic sites. Some are useful for high
school, but most for University.
The Phase Changes of
Water: Summary of the six phase changes that water can undergo including
the heat gained or lost by the air in each case.
Temperature : Introduction to temperature and thermodynamics was designed
for middle school math teachers, but is an excellent introduction to
thermodynamics for Grade 12 students too. Features illustrations and basic
Simulation : The experiment envisions a calorimeter containing a certain
volume of liquid. A certain mass of pure solute is sealed in a thin glass
ampule and placed in the calorimeter. (The pure solutes are solids or liquids.)
The calorimeter is also fitted with an electrical heating element. Instead of
supplying a solute, the user may opt to use the heater. The heater power (in
watts) and heating time (in seconds) must be specified.
Heats of Reaction : Example problems outlining how to measure heats of
reaction using calorimetry.
Chapter 11 :
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of Summations: A step-by-step method of finding heat of reaction using
Hess' Law. Pretty good.
Germain Henri Hess:
A brief summary which details the salient points of Hess' Theory of Enthalpy that
became later known as Hess' Law.
Hess' Law of Constant
Heat Summation: A couple of guided examples of how to use Hess' Law with chemical equations.
Hess' Law Quiz :
Take a quick quizz on Hess' Law using from one to five equations. Also has Heats of Formation quizzes.
& 13 : Electrochemistry (Redox Chemistry):
An excellent general site by Leeward Community College. Everything you wanted to
know about Redox reactions. Covers every high school topic and more. Excellent
Redox Reactions and
Equations/Oxidation Numbers: A very good general overview of redox
: A short review of oxidation numbers
and balancing equations.: Rules for assigning oxidation numbers.
: From "Internet Chemistry" this page offers a review into redox
chemistry. It provides some practice example that give immediate feedback - and
(take note!!), it also offers some interesting examples of everyday
applications of redox chemistry!!!!!)
Chem Tutor: Reduction and Oxidation Reactions.
Battery Technology: View the history of the battery here.
Frequently Asked Questions: Duracell's FAQ site. Good '
information on all types of batteries.
Types of Batteries: History, concepts, diagrams,
and equations of batteries.
and Technology Information Resource (ESTIR): A gigantic index of everything
to do with Electrochemistry.
Numbers & Redox Reactions: Another simple and effective explanation of
Oxidation Numbers and Balancing Equations.
SAE International Fuel Cell Showcase: The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) is known globally as a leading source for automotive technology. SAE has developed the Fuel Cell Technology Showcase as a resource for the latest books, standards, articles, events and more with relation to fuel cell energy and fuel cell vehicles.
U.S. Department of Energy Web Site on Fuel Cells:
Quite good description of how fuel cells work as well as types of fuel cells.
Fuel Cells Canada: A rather bland site but useful info from the FAQ section.
Ballard Power Systems:Ballard's own site geared more to commercial uses.
Fuel Cells:Fuel cell basics. Good animation.
Chapter 14 : Equilibrium
All About Chemical Equilibrium :
This site contains a set of textbook-like tutorials covering this important subject, but doing so in a manner that I hope will be both more understandable and more complete than will be found in most current General Chemistry textbooks. Although the emphasis is on the development of the major ideas and concepts relating to equilibrium, there are many problem examples that will help you relate these principles to the practical applications you are likely to encounter.
Experiment: Chemical Equilibrium : A java applet simulating equilibirum in a gaseous reaction.
Chemical Equilibrium of Acids and Bases :Excellent page.
Well suited to Nelson Chemistry Chapter 11 and 12.
To Mars : One of the most brilliant and well thought out tutorial on equilibrium I
have seen so far. Very easy to follow for students, riddled with pictures and
movies and self tests. The only down side is that it only works with Microsoft
Happens to an Equilibrium When Conditions Change : A one page summary of
what happens to an equilibrium when temperature, pressure, concentration, and a
catalyst are added or removed from a system at equilibrium.
Basic Water Chemistry
: A one page summary of water equilibria, pH, Ion Product Constant and more.
Equilibria-How far? How fast? : An excellent, well organized introduction
to Acid-Base Chemistry. Suitable for Chapter 14 and 15.
Equilibrium in the Gas Phase : You can participate in this site by working
out answers to problems and submitting your answers.
Chapter 15 :
Acid-Base Chemistry v
Buffers : How buffers work,
how to make a buffer, calculating pH of buffer solutions.
Weak Bases : How to calculate Kb and pH of
Weak Base solutions.
Chemical Equilibrium :
A PDF document reviewing what Chemical Equilibrium is and how it is calculated. Uses I.C.E. tables as well.
of Antacids : So you want to know how to titrate an antacid. Well if you
have the equipment here is the procedure.
Chemistry : A good page discussing Water, pH, Definitions of acids and
bases, Salts, Acid-Base Character, and Acid-Base Titrations with solved
Acid-Base : An excellent treatment of Acid-Base equilibria with worked
examples and solved ICE tables.
Acid-Base Tutorial: An
excellent site that takes you through the role of Acid-Base chemistry from a
physiological point of view. For the Biologist and the Chemist.
An amazingly good java program with which you can titrate a large number of acids and get
a titration curve.
Acid Base Equilibria:
A very good section devoted to calculating pH or Equilibria.
Solution Stoichiometry: How to use a titration to calculate the concentration in solution.
Dr. Mencer's General Chemistry On-line: Bronsted/Lowry,pH,Indicators, and Titrations
After you have gone through all this, why not try to take a test? You can test
yourself at various levels. Tests are multiple choice and you can have the
Chemistry Sites (for teachers)
Adventures: This site covers a myriad of aspects of aspirin, and is a
"must see" for students and teachers at all levels.
Matters of Chemistry: A great page developed by Yue-Ling Wong, Ph. D. where
you can find molecular model visualizations, solftware, online exercises, an
interactive periodic table game, and titration applets.
Resourses by Audrey Sanderson: Another excellent compilation of Chemistry
related sites organized by theme.
This Week in the
History of Chemistry: Want to know what happened on this date in the
History of Chemistry? Go here.
Steve Marsden's Chemistry Home Page:
This site designed for Honors and AP chemistry students in mind. Check out the
TI/CBL link at the bottom of the page for those of you thinking in that
Advanced Chemistry Development:
Here is a commercial site devoted to developing Chemistry related software.
There is some free stuff too.
comprehensive page devoted to all things Chemical. You can find links to other
useful Chemistry sites, as well as professional organizations, magazines, and
Tests: This is the ChemTeam's Advanced Placement Chemistry Tests and Free
Response and Multiple Choice question bank.