Some Great Chemistry Resources
There are plenty of good text books on chemistry and you can find practically anything you need on the internet, but here are a few resources that we think really bring the subject alive.
· Chemical Curiosities by H.W.Roesky & K.Mockel is a collection of well illustrated spectacular experiments. Many of the experiments require access to a school or college laboratory, but are well worth the effort if you get the opportunity.
· Chemical Magic by L.A.Ford is a little more basic, containing many experiments that can be done with fewer resources
· Peter Wothers from Cambridge University has produced a number of DVDs such as 'It's A Gas' and 'Chemistry of Light' that are packed with entertaining, practical demonstrations of experiments that could not easily be performed at home.
· Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks is about a child growing up in a time when you could buy all the chemicals that you would dearly like to get your hands on now.
· The Chemical History of a Candle by Michael Faraday is one of those classics that you have to own. The master of practical science gives the best lecture on chemistry ever.
· John Emsley is a brilliantly entertaining and informative writer who has written many popular science books on chemistry. Take a look at: The Shocking History of Phosphorus, Molecules at an Exhibition, Elements of Murder & Molecules of Murder.
www.periodicvideos.com University of Nottingham, Periodic table videos
www.rsc.org The Royal Society of Chemistry
www.rigb.org The Royal Institution of Great Britain
www.wikipedia.org Free encyclopedia
www.the-ba.net The British Association for Science
www.setnet.org.uk Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network
www.ipo.gov.uk/patent.htm UK Intellectual Property Office
www.uspto.gov US Patent Office
Places to visit
· Science week - Every March, various locations in the UK. Check out your local University, College or Museum
· Palais de la Decouverte, Paris, France
· Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Mersey Rd, Widnes, UK
· Science Museum, South Kensington, London, UK
· Royal Institution Museum, Albemarle St, London, UK
Here are a few mnemonics that we have found along the way. I hope you find them useful as well.
CHEMICAL = CHIC MALE
· The colours of the Rainbow
o ROY G BIV
o Richard Of York Gained Battle In Vain
· Elements in the Periodic Table (first 20)
o Hasty Henry Liza Beryl Became Cold North Of France Near Narcy Magra All Silly People Should Climb Around Kilimanjaro Camp
· Electrochemical Series
o Katie's Nan Can Magnetise Aluminium Z(n)ippers. Few Snobish Plumbers Have Caught MSG
· Transition Metals (1st Row)
o Scabby Tim Violates Crummy, Mangy, Ferrets, Cows and Nice Cute Z(n)ebras
· OIL RIG - Oxidation Is Loss, Reduction Is Gain
· The Electromagnetic Spectrum
o Ronald McDonald Invented Very Unusual & eXcellent Gherkins
Always do things as you oughta
Add the acid to the water
If you think your life's too placid
Add the water to the acid