Carbon Atoms and Molecule

Carbon Module - The following activities target a middle and high school population although some of the activities are approachable by more advanced elementary school students. The activities are also ideal for the general public to review basic concepts about carbon and carbon compounds.

The pages make extensive use of javascripts, and java applets making for a more interactive learning environment.

THE CARBON ATOM - - Learn the basics of atomic structure of carbon and how to create a model of an atom.

CARBON MOLECULE - - Learn about the 3 types of carbon: diamonds, graphite and fullerenes. Learn why carbon is is the building block to molecules of life.

CARBON THE ELEMENT - Carbon the element - location on Periodic Table and properties of the element carbon.

SIMPLE CARBON COMPOUNDS - View and read aboutmany simple carbon compounds.

INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR MODELING (PART 1) - This interactive activity uses Jsmol and contains themolecular modeling of many simple carbon compounds. The pages utilize javascripts for question and answer segments.

CARBON 3-D - CHEMISTRY OF CARBON USING CHIME - Compounds made of carbon, the wire frame model, the stick model, the ball-and-stick model, the space filled model of molecules.

CARBON 3-D - CHEMISTRY OF CARBON USING JMOL - Note: Jmol will run faster than Jsmol but requires access to Java to run.

CARBON 3-D - CHEMISTRY OF CARBON USING JSMOL - Jsmol will run slower but will run on all operating systems since it utilizes HTML5.

GRAPHENE MOLECULE - The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 was awarded jointly to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene". The page contains a 3-D interactive model of the Graphene molecule using Jsmol.

MORE ON FULLERENES - Cool Activity This is the carbon molecule that has been making headlines in Nanotechnology and now the drug industry also has interests in it. What is a Buckeyball? What does it look like? How big is it? In this interactive activity you will measure the diameter of a fullerene molecule using JAVA MAGE , a molecular modeling java applet.

CARBON FULLERENE ACTIVITY PAGE - Why is the fullerene and similar structures the cornerstone of nanotechnology? How big is a nanotube?JSMOL APPLET--

CARBON STRUCTURES - DIAMOND AND GRAPHITE - Why is carbon monoxide so dangerous?JSMOL APPLET

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARBYNE AND GRAPHENE - Carbyne (Linear acetylenic carbon) has been in the news lately as a structure that is possibly the worlds strongest material that has great potential if anyone can make it in bulk. Carbyne is basically a chain of single carbon atoms, but having twice the tensile strength of graphene

CARBON MONOXIDE - Why is carbon monoxide so dangerous?JSMOL APPLET-

CARBON FUELS - What is Petroleum, Formation, Chemistry, Extraction... -

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