Chemistry can be a tricky subject for many students, but there are lots of new apps to help them understand key concepts. We have rounded up five chemistry apps that teach some of the chemistry basics that are useful both in the classroom and for after school study.
Chemcraft:Periodic Table is a periodic table app that contains over 30 details about each known element. It features graphical representations of important proprieties, a web browser linked to Wikipedia for more information, a built-in calculator and a “how-to” guide. The elements can be arranged alphabetically, by atomic number or by element category helping the user better remember the details.
The objective of this app is to solve (balance) a chemical equation. Students are presented with one or more molecules, and they can break the bonds of the molecule by swiping across the bond link and get the atoms/elements. Then they must combine the correct atoms, by bringing the atoms close to each other, to recreate new molecules(s) that get formed by a chemical reaction of the original molecules.
This is a convenient chemistry tool for students and professionals to calculate molecular mass (molecular weight) of compounds and learn basic properties of chemical elements on iPad.
JR’s Chemistry Set is a handy and powerful reference tool for chemistry enthusiasts and practitioners at all ages and all levels. It contains an interactive periodic table based upon the innovative Rota Period that allows you to combine elements into compounds and display the formation of these compounds. It also has games that challenge students to make compounds and describe the history of the universe.
Detailed information about all of the elements are provided including:Atomic Number, Atomic Weight, Melting Point, Boiling Point, Heat of Fusion, Heat of Vaporization, Heat of Atomization, Ionization Energy, Electrical Conductivity, Electronegativity, Ionic Radius, Van der Waals Radius, Density, Class, Valences, Orbitals, State, Radioactivity and Year Discovered.
“Salts” is a fully interactive atomistic simulation that reveals the motions of atoms and ions as they interact to form beautiful crystals. Students can learn about Coulomb’s law, the states-of-matter, and the behaviors of ionic solids, liquids, and gases. They can discover the physics behind the structures and properties of these minerals, and explore the effects of charge and ionic radii on melting points, bond strength, and crystal lattices.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.