ATOMS ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS

The following activities target a middle school population although activities are approachable by more advanced elementary school students. The activities are also ideal for high school students to review basic concepts.


Learn the basics of atomic structure and how to create a model of an atom.

What are atomic orbitals... 3D interactive images of atomic orbitals using Jmol.

What are elements? About the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

What is a compound? What is a molecules? Examples of compounds. 3-D structure of molecules.

An interactive activity about the states of matter: solid, liquid gas, plasma... and now Bose Einstein?
Learn about the 3 types of carbon: diamonds, graphite and fullerenes. Learn why carbon is is the building block to molecules of life.
Learn the basics of chemical bonding. -- ionic and covalent bonding....

What is a chemical formula?
Why does ice float?-- How does soap work? -- Why is diamond so hard?-- Why do carcinogens like nicotine cause cancer? -- Why is a salt crystal cubic in shape? -- This is an interactive activity using the JMol applet which allows students to interact with molecules. No plug-in is needed.

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