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Web Based Learning Modules: Chemistry

This page contains a number of chemistry and biochemistry resources that can be utilized in courses — many free for adoption.

General Resources

  • A Science Odyssey highlights some the most spectacular discoveries in science and technology during the 20th century. The site includes an Educator's Guide with activities, discussion questions, and…  (WGBH, supported by National Science Foundation)
  • ABC's of Nuclear Science introduces the object that contains almost all of the mass in the universe, the atomic nucleus. Antimatter, beta rays, fission and fusion, the structure of the atomic nucleus, how…  (Department of Energy)
  • Accidental Scientist: Science of Cooking looks at the science behind food and cooking. Learn about what happens when you eat sugar, bake bread, cook an egg, or pickle foods. Find out how muscle turns to meat, what makes…  (Exploratorium, supported by National Science Foundation)

  • Beyond Discovery traces the origins of technological and medical advances. Learn about the genetics of ear wax, a vaccine to control malaria, DNA barcoding, aging and the human brain, a genetic…  (National Academy of Sciences)
  • Calling All Students: Facts About Toxic Substances and the Environment provides information on toxic substances that may be found in our homes, schools, and neighborhoods. It provides links for kids, parents, and teachers to other government websites…  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • ChemLinks Coalition offers resources for the first 2 years of college chemistry. Topics include global warming, ozone, fats in our diet, computer chip thermo chemistry, making water safe to drink, what's…  (Beloit College, supported by National Science Foundation)

  • Chemicals, the Environment, and You provides lessons for learning about the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health. Topics include the science of toxicology, dose-response relationships…  (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, supported by National Institutes of Health)
  • Chemistry and Materials: Research Overview looks at the sciences of stuff and some of the greatest challenges in the field today: understanding "emergence" (when the whole adds up to much more than the sum of its parts)…  (National Science Foundation)

  • Chemistry Comes Alive – Site contains selected QuickTime movies demonstrating chemical reactions. Site maintained by the Journal of Chemical Education.
  • Five Lessons features activities and software for exploring key math and science concepts. A grapher without numeric values introduces calculus concepts in early grades. Students create…  (Multiple Agencies)
  • Decades of Discovery describes 100 important discoveries in energy sciences, nuclear and plasma physics, advanced computing research, and biological and environmental research. Topics include the world's…  (Department of Energy)
  • Essential Chemistry – Site contains a number of flash based animations that can assist students in understanding concepts like the properties of gas, atomic radii, vapor pressure, LeChatelier's Principle, etc.
  • Exploring the Nanoworld Teaching Modules helps teachers incorporate nanotechnology into high school chemistry and middle school technology classes. High school modules explore x-ray diffraction and scanning probe microscopy…  (University of Wisconsin-Madison, supported by National Science Foundation)
  • From Stargazers to Starships – is a self-contained book-on-the-web course on basic astronomy, Newtonian mechanics, the sun (and associated physics), and spaceflight and spacecraft…  (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
  • General Chemistry Online – Site contains items like a common compound library, flash based kits for building chemical formulas, and interactive. The site developed by Fred Senese at Frostburg State University.
  • Hands-on Experiments To Test for Acid Mine Drainage invites students to learn about the effects of acid mine drainage on our groundwater and environment through experimentation and observation. The website explains how to make litmus…  (U.S. Geological Survey)
  • MicroWorlds looks at materials sciences research at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS). ALS, a facility that produces light one billion times brighter than the sun, offers opportunities…  (Department of Energy)
  • Mirror Molecules helps students see the importance and uses of "stereoisomers" — molecules that are mirror images of each other…  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
  • Molecular Logic Database provides 130 model-based activities for learning about interactions of atoms and molecules, and rule-based genetics. Topics include atomic-molecular structures and dynamics, states of…  (Concord Consortium, supported by National Science Foundation)
  • Molecular Stepping Stones features online activities, including simulations, to help students understand 10 key concepts underlying many biological processes. Topics include atomic structure, random motion…  (The Concord Consortium, supported by National Science Foundation)

  • Molecular Workbench Project offers tools for visualizing and computing the motion of atoms and molecules. See simulations of diffusion, dissolution, distillation, chemical reactions, chain reactions…  (The Concord Consortium, supported by National Science Foundation)
  • Nanoscience explains what nanoscience is, how it is used, and what it means for society. Learn how individual atoms and molecules are being manipulated to create tiny machines the size of human…  (National Science Foundation)

  • Ocean and Coastal Response and Restoration allows students to learn about oil spills and hazardous chemical accidents through experiments that can be done at home, in the classroom, or for a science project…  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  • Prince William Sound: An Ecosystem in Transition spotlights the ecological issues surrounding the historic 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the subsequent recovery operation…  (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

  • Science Education includes booklets on cells, genes, health, chemistry, and medicines. The booklets explore advances in the development and delivery of drugs, links between genes and diseases, how…  (National Institute of General Medical Sciences, supported by National Institutes of Health)
  • Strange Matter helps students discover materials science and the secrets of everyday stuff. Find out what happens when you heat silicon, iron, or carbon. Learn how materials science helps fight…  (Ontario Science Centre and Materials Research Society, supported by National Science Foundation)
  • The Chemistry of Health tells how chemistry and biochemistry are increasing our understanding of human health. Learn how biochemical relays keep our organ systems operating, how food is broken down and used…  (National Institutes of Health)


  • Creative Chemistry –  site contains a number of lesson plans, activities, interactive models, and games
  • Digital Library for Earth System Education is a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. Find thousands of reviewed resources on topics that include atmospheric science…  (National Science Foundation)


  • Chemistry Animations – flash animations developed by McGraw-Hill for Raymond Chang's Essential Chemistry text.
  • Isomer Construction Set – tool developed by Fred Senese at Frostburg State University
  • Journey into DNA -flash based demonstration developed by PBS. The unit is informative — unfortunately it is very text intensive.
  • provides online simulations, learning modules, and interactive tools for learning about nanotechnology — the design and production of structures, devices, and systems one atom or one…  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
  • Periodic Chart and Bonding – developed by Iowa State University


  • Atom Builder – this activity developed by PBS has users construct carbon atoms
  • Aqueous Equilibria Animations – to view interactives viewers must have Shockwave Player installed on their computer.
  • Chemistry Comes Alive – chemistry video collection from the Journal of Chemical Education
  • How do atoms and molecules interact? – unit developed by Thomson Learning for their Biology Active Learner text
  • Following units were developed by W. H. Freeman & Co. for their Molecular Cell Biology text (flash player required)


  • Chiral Molecules – Chirality is a  flash based game created by
  • The Virtual Biochemistry LaboratoryThis Virtual Biochemistry Laboratory consists of several rooms, each focusing on one particular method used in biochemistry: "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance", "Electrophoresis", "Chromatography", "Protein Sequencing", "X-ray Diffraction" and "Protein Folding" (requires shockwave player 8.5). Site developed and maintained by
  • Conductive Valley Game – In this game students explore the conductive nature of polymers.

  • Eye of the Conkey Game – In this game students can learn more about the PCR Method for DNA duplication.

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