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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


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carbamicChapter 1: Matter and Its Diversity.

Interactive Practice on Physical and Chemical Properties: Review and Practice on Chemical vs. Physical Properties and Changes.

Classifying Matter: 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 in chemistry.

Laboratory Safety:

The Particle Adventure: An Interactive Tour: More physics than chemistry but interesting nevertheless.

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 Elements : ethyne

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Web Elements Periodic Table:

Practice problems on periodic properties and atomic structure: A self grading review test.

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.

Atomic Thinking from Democritus to Dalton: Just what is says, a brief history lesson.


Rudolph A. Marcus

Sir Karl Popper

Henry Taube

Madame Curie

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Robert Boyle

Murray Gell-Mann



Ernest Rutherford

John Dalton

Frederick Soddy


Niels Bohr





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".

fructoseChapter 3: Change and Structure

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Classification of Elements : A short page in PDF format describing the classification of elements.

Polyatomic Ions: A short lesson on how they are constructed and how they form compounds with other ions.

Molecular Formulas: How to calculate Empirical and Molecular Formulae.

Chemical Names and Formulas: Take a quiz on Names and Formulas. Hard or Easy. Your choice.

Chemical Nomenclature: An easy to follow explanation of what you need to know to write correct chemical formulas and their names.

Chapter 4 : Chemical Reactionsglucose

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Atomic, Molecular, and Formula Masses: Good explanation of Atomic weight, molar mass, Avogadro and the Mole.

The Kinetic Molecular Theory: Purdue Unitversity

Heat and Temperature: A short explanation of the difference between heat and temperature.

Balancing Equations: Practice balancing equations using Java script.

Types of Equations and Balancing:

Balancing Chemical Reactions: A tutorial on how to balance chemical reactions.

Total and Net Ionic Equations:

Double Replacement Reactions:

More Double Replacement Reactions: Just what is says. You can Practice too.

h2so4Chapter 5 : Solutions

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Significant Digits: 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.

Mole Conversation 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.

Solutions and Solubility: A few links to other sites that offer information on solutions and solubility, including the next site.

Concentrations and 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 Rules:

Chemical Stuff: This page has a molar mass calculator, a percentage composition calculator and a useful tutorial about atomic, molecular and formula masses.

Atomic, Molecular, and Formula masses: Everything you ever wanted to know about formula masses.

Guide Sheet for Mole Problems:

Notes on Total and Net Ionic Equations: Extra help on writing net ionic equations.

Chapter 6 : Gasesh3po4

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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.

Empirical 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.

The Temperature of Hell: Whether this story is true or not it is amusing if not well thought out.

Charles' Law : Here is another little Jave animation showing the relationship between temperature and pressure. You can also try to solve problems based on the simulation.

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)

methaneChapter 7 : Chemical Reaction Calculations

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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 problems.

Stoichiometry: Another useful tutorial on stoichiometry.

Titrimetric Analysis: On-line tutorial designed to teach students how to analyze titration results. Useful for all sorts of titrations.

ChemLab Titration Technique : Here is a short methedology on titration with pictures.

Titration of 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.

Acid-Base Tiration : 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

Thermometric 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.

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Introduction to 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.

Notes on Ionic Bonding: Fairly comprehensive page teaching the properties of ionic substances. Also useful for Chemistry 30 level students.

Percent Composition:A self paced tutorial.

Visualizing Molecules:

London Dispersion Forces: A clear explanation.

General chemistry's Intermolecular Forces page: A clear, consice description of all the forces.

Hydrogen Bonding:An excellent resource that includes evidence and explanation.

Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR):

nitroChapter 9 : Organic Chemistry


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Science Help Online Chemistry : This site is aimed specifically to high school students studying Chemistry.

Organic 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.

Carbon Chemistry Concepts : An interesting site that uses a "clickable" concept map to help explain the complex world of Carbon Chemistry.

Chime Ice Crystal Representation : A simple Chime representation of an ice Crystal.

Mathmol Molecular Library : A great Library of 3-D molecular structures. You need to have the Cosmo Player installed. You can get it here.

CheMystery; Organic Chemistry : A terrific site that takes you through almost every step that the Nelson Chemistry Textbook does.

Download 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"

General Organic 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 grading exams.

Practice 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 students.

The Chemistry of Carbon:An excellent site with VRML images.

Introduction to Alternative Fuel Vehicles:A Yahoo listing of links to Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

Chapter 10 : Energy Changes:fructosegif

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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 a metal.

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.

Basic Chemical Thermodynamics : A useful University of Sunderland tutorial on Thermodynamics. Not heavy into formulas.

Thermodynamic Equilibrium Virtual Laboratory : Here is a java applet designed to simulate the diffusion process which occurs when gases of different temperatures are mixed.

Thermodynamics 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 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.

Educational 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.

About 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 equations.

Calorimetry 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.

Measuring Heats of Reaction : Example problems outlining how to measure heats of reaction using calorimetry.

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Hess' Law 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.

Chapter 12 & 13 : Electrochemistry (Redox Chemistry): methanegif

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Oxidation/Reduction: An excellent general site by Leeward Community College. Everything you wanted to know about Redox reactions. Covers every high school topic and more. Excellent resource.

Redox Reactions and Equations/Oxidation Numbers: A very good general overview of redox chemistry.

: A short review of oxidation numbers and balancing equations.: Rules for assigning oxidation numbers.

Oxidation/Reduction : 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.

Electrochemical Science and Technology Information Resource (ESTIR): A gigantic index of everything to do with Electrochemistry.

Oxidation 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 h2so4

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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.

Mission 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 Internet Explorer.

What 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.

Chemical Equilibria-How far? How fast? : An excellent, well organized introduction to Acid-Base Chemistry. Suitable for Chapter 14 and 15.

Chemical Equilibrium in the Gas Phase : You can participate in this site by working out answers to problems and submitting your answers.

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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.

Titration of Antacids : So you want to know how to titrate an antacid. Well if you have the equipment here is the procedure.

Acid-Base Chemistry : A good page discussing Water, pH, Definitions of acids and bases, Salts, Acid-Base Character, and Acid-Base Titrations with solved problems.

Chemical Equilibria 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.

Virtual Titrator: 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

ConcepTests: 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 answers.

h2so4Miscellaneous Chemistry Sites (for teachers)


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Aspirin Adventures: This site covers a myriad of aspects of aspirin, and is a "must see" for students and teachers at all levels.

The Learning 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.

Chemistry 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 direction.

Advanced Chemistry Development: Here is a commercial site devoted to developing Chemistry related software. There is some free stuff too.

TheChemistryPage: A comprehensive page devoted to all things Chemical. You can find links to other useful Chemistry sites, as well as professional organizations, magazines, and history.

Chemistry Tests: This is the ChemTeam's Advanced Placement Chemistry Tests and Free Response and Multiple Choice question bank.