Animations of Chemical Principles
These pages provide links to web pages that illustrate chemical principles, mostly
by animating molecules and atoms. We have assembled the links, and in some cases
organized them together with questions, as noted. Please let us know if any of these
links are broken, but make sure you contact the correct author/webmaster if there
is a problem with the animations, themselves.
We have tried to indicate the technological requirements (operating systems and special software) for the animations on each page. We have checked these out with InternetExplorer 5.0.
Theodore S. Dibble and Rebecca A. Jarrell
SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Animations with Instructional Activities
- Excellent interactive tool for phase changes and solid state structure. Provides
suggestions for investigations / demonstrations. Runs under DOS (or Windows) even
for slow machines.
Build the Periodic Table - Interactive activity with extensive teacher's guide. Other modules on this site discuss thermodynamics, cosmic chemistry, and rocket design.
Gas Phase Reactions and Intermolecular Interactions
Structured Activity for High School Students - Designed by TSD and RAJ.
Structured Activity for Advanced Students - Designed by TSD and RAJ.
W. L. Hase Animations - Source for the animations used above.
SimChemistryfor Windows - Live molecular dynamics simulations for chemistry teaching and experimentation. Provides tutorials on several subjects and an interactive simulation of a simple reaction. It is programmable, and we hope to provide new simulations in the future. Free for 30 days of use; then costs 50 pounds sterling.
Virtual Laboratory - Laboratory experiments with multiple choice questions from Oxford University
Chemistry Experiment Simulations, Tutorials and Conceptual Computer Animations for
General Chemistry - Simulations of experimental apparatus and measurements, and of proceses.
Animations without Instructional Activities
Bimolecular Elimination Reaction - 2-bromopropane + methoxide making propene + methanol plus NaBr. Requires Quicktime 5.0.
Chemical Animation Project - Videos for sale. Scroll below the large Quicktime clip to find more information.
Dihydrogen monoxide page - Looks very serious, with links to web sites for the EPA, CDC, and environmental activists. How long will it take your students to figure out the joke?
MathMol project - Some interesting things here, alternating grades 6-12 with college.
Molecular DynamicsMovie Archive - Solid state structure, cracks, and phase transformations.
PCs only. You must download a viewer, VMOVIEZ.exe, which is provided free.
Multimedia Extravaganza - Movies with narration and/or musical accompaniment. The one for water may be the
Continue with Mark Bishop's site at http://www.mpcfaculty.net/mark_bishop/from
Edinformatics.com Science Chemistry Education
References and Links
- Old and new programs, with examples and links
-A series of applets by C. J. Grayce at UC-Irvine
- including a double-well potential
- pressure versus altitude in the absence of turbulent mixing. Although the results
suggest that the concentration of heavy atoms/moelculesfall off faster with altitude
than does the concetration of light atoms/molecules,the real atmosphere is well mixed;
it behaves like a gas with molar mass28.8 amu up to about 75 miles).
Expert System for Thermodynamics- Not animations, but "a visual environment to solve problems, pursue what-ifscenarios, perform numerical experiments, and have fun learning thermodynamics!"
EChemweb Computational ChemistryToolkit - a FREE resource for carrying out semiempirical computationalchemistry calculations. Draw the structure of any arbitrary moleculeand find its structure.