Category Archives: Chemistry

Excel StatBook for MYP Intro Chemistry [Resource]


This Excel workbook is built upon the IBDP Bio Excel Statbook I made in 2011. It is designed to make life easier as we work through labs in Grade 9 Intro Chem and to help you find your way around some Excel tricks.

It is saved in GoogleDrive – don’t open in it in GoogleDocs. Download and open in Excel

I’ve been hearing interesting things about GeoGebra recently, so might have to give it a go when I get some free time.

Biology Crash Course | Entertaining 12-min Bio brain dumps!

CrashCourse Biology is a new(ish) and definitely more entertaining and engaging alternative to Khan Academy. Hank Green follows his brother John’s example (World History) and is producing some pretty funny, fast-paced and visual presentations for key concepts in Biology. One feature I like is the short ‘history of the idea‘ section in each video.

Here’s an example on the properties of water:

Another feature I like is that the video description has links to sections within the video, making review easier. He also includes a set of citations (more like links to follow to find out more). So although they can be embedded, you are much better off watching them on his channel.

Hank also has another channel, SciShow, which has short, sharp videos on science – whatever the topic. Here are a couple of examples from his playlist.

FoldIt (MrT’s favourite game):

And this on Mendeleev’s Periodic Table:


I first heard about these channels via Fractus Learning, but didn’t get a chance to look until this weekend, searching for periodic table resources and Lewis Dots. When Crash Course popped up again, I figured it was time to have a look. 

Atoms & Bonding Resources

Resources for our G9 unit on our short unit on Atoms & Bonding are posted on the main page here. MrT’s class, our work is all on the GoogleSite. This will run right into our next unit on Reactions & Formulas.

Here is a BBC Documentary on Atoms, with Jim Al-Khalili:


There’s no such word as ‘amount’

Here’s the presentation flipbook for the Grade 9 Intro Chemistry group:

For more resources for this unit, visit the Matter and Measurement page.

Periodic Table for Biologists

Shortlink to this page:

Periodic Table for Biologists, AO printable version (.png, 3MB). Last updated Jan 2013.

Click on this link to go to the periodic table page and download the A0 poster:

Enzymes (Core and AHL & C2)

Covering the core and AHL/ SL Option C content, here is a rundown of enzymes, from active sites to end-product inhibition. Again, there are lots of animation resources out there, many of which are used in the presentation – click on the shadowed images to go there.

Check out this article on the potential use of an enzyme in second-generation biofuels.

Enzyme Basics:

What is an enzyme? from Northland (the best one – including inhibitors, pathways and feedback inhibition)

How enzymes work from McGraw Hill

Enzyme basics from

A full collection of savable enzyme animations from Husam Medical

And John Giannini’s Enzyme collection is nice and clear.

Enzyme activity and kinetics

Nice virtual lab from

Enzyme kinetics from Wiley Interscience


Protein denaturation from McGraw Hill


Complete tutorial from Wiley Interscience

What is an enzyme? from Northland

Feedback (end product) inhibition from McGraw Hill

And here’s a quick run down on YouTube:

Chemical Elements and Water

Here is the class presentation:

You can click on the shadowed images in the presentation to be taken to the animations and videos.

Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry

Found this useful source on North Harris College’s linklist have produced this online resource for Biochemistry and the Chemistry of Life, and it contains a whole load of interactives and animations.

It is an ideal resource for: photosynthesis, respiration, DNA replication, transcription, translation, cell structure, enzymes and protein synthesis.

The Periodic Table of Videos

Thanks to Danny from the Whiteboard Blog for posting this.

The Chemistry department at the University of Nottingham evidently got a new video camera last Christmas and have been making videos about all of the elements on the periodic table. This impressive and mammoth project is a collection of videos about each of the elements in the periodic table – and it rocks. The best way to find out more is to go on over and have a look

Helpfully for those who’ve been blocked from YouTube (who host all the videos), they’ve posted a link to watch themon another server.

Here’s one of their top recommended videos, Phosphorous:

This is now one of my favourite YouTube channels.

Weezer – Pork and Beans (and Diet Coke and Mentos)

Viral Videos, a catchy chorus and beats so we can sing along.

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