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A quick look at the history of the periodic table
ACD/ChemSketch
All-about-forensic-science.com: a free and comprehensive guide to the world of forensic science
Atomicarchive.com: exploring the history, science and consequences of the atomic bomb
Atomic structure timeline
Atoms, molecules, water and pH
Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
BioFact Report
ChemEd DL
Chemicool periodic table
chemmybear.com
CHEMTUTOR
Cogito.org: connecting young thinkers around the world
Cosmos: the science of everything
Data-Logging: an introduction
Eric Weisstein’s world of science
Essential chemistry. Flash animations
Experience math & science with Gizmos
Fuel Cell Institute of Australia Pty Limited
Learning about renewable energy
Light-Science.com
Molecular expressions: science, optics & you: secret worlds: the universe within
Nobelprize.org
National Hydrogen Institute of Australia
NSW Department of Primary Industries - Minerals and Petroleum
People and discoveries (A science odyssey)
Plant technologies - Sulfuric Acid Plant Processes
Polymer discovery-KCPC education resources
Radiocarbon WEB info
Science talk
Titanic: a special exhibit from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Virtual chembook
WebElements periodic table
Word games: Hangaroo

A quick look at the history (external website)
Focusing on the history of the periodic table, this site provides a brief synopsis that is useful for students constructing a timeline. Examples of some of the periodic tables that have been developed are relevant for students of module 8.3.3 Metals in Stage 6 Chemistry. The information is also relevant to outcome 5.7.1 in the Science Years 7-10 syllabus. Information is presented in a straightforward style and there are useful links to comical elements, the development of the periodic table, and study sites. Humour and enthusiasm make this an entertaining site. There is a useful flat version of the periodic table for students to print. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL:Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA:Science
SYLLABUS:Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS:Chemical elements; Periodic law
PUBLISHER:AlexanderDESIGN, USA
REVIEWDATE: 2/08/11 [546]SCIS 1063789

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ACD/ChemSketch (external website)
ChemSketch 5, downloadable from this site, is a freeware drawing package for producing diagrams of atoms and molecules. The user is required to register with an email address and a password, and is given the opportunity to nominate areas of interest for regular mail outs. This is a particularly valuable site for teachers of the Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus preparing teaching materials that show bonding in molecules or ionic solids, with an excellent interactive periodic table, or for students calculating molecular weights, molar volumes and densities or for generating IUPAC systematic names. There is also an instruction manual available for free download. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL:Stage 6 Professional
KLA:Science
SYLLABUS:Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:Atoms; Chemical bonds; ChemSketch (Computer program) Molecules; Periodic law
PUBLISHER:Advanced Chemistry Development Inc., USA
REVIEW DATE:2/08/11 [541.2]SCIS 1063839

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All-about-forensic-science.com: a free and comprehensive guide to the world of forensic science (external website)
While this comprehensive forensic science website will be too detailed for most students, with specific teacher direction several sections could become quite useful. Science 7-10 students requiring a basic overview of forensic science are best directed to the timeline video clip in F.Sci history. Chemistry Stage 6 students completing the Option: Forensic chemistry will find several sections relevant, particularly that on DNA in the Forensic DNA section. Teachers are strongly urged to check all links before classroom usage, given the nature of the topic. This website would be very useful for any student considering a career in forensic science. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Forensic sciences
PUBLISHER: D. Webb, Spain
REVIEW DATE: 01/06/10 [363.25]
*1458929* SCIS 1458929

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Atomicarchive.com: exploring the history, science and consequences of the atomic bomb (external website)
The controversy and science surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb is extremely well presented in this fascinating website. Main areas include basic atomic physics, fission, fusion and nuclear weapons. Much of the information is especially useful for Physics Stage 6 students completing the outcome on the Manhattan Project in the Option: From quantum to quarks. This site has many relevant photographs, videos, maps and animations that would make excellent teaching materials, particularly the videos. An education section provides appropriate questions and answers. All scientists mentioned throughout are hyperlinked, providing an additional source of research and information. Science 7-10 teachers developing extension work about atomic structure will find this site a most useful starting point. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Atomic bomb - History; Cold War; Hiroshima - Bombardment, 1945; Nuclear physics; World War, 1939-1945 - Japan
PUBLISHER: AJ Software & Multimedia, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [623.4] SCIS 1377354

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Atomic structure timeline (external website)
In developing knowledge and understanding of the history of Chemistry as prescribed by outcomes P1 and H1, students of the Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus will find this concise timeline of the development of our modern model of atomic structure invaluable. Scientists covered range from Democritus to Fermi, with links to current developments in this field. Most of the scientists are linked to biographies that contain further information about their contributions to science. This site is authoritative, easy to navigate and would make an excellent starting point for student research in this field. The information is also relevant to outcome 5.7.1 in the Science Years 7-10 syllabus. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Atoms; Science - History
PUBLISHER: Watertown High School, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [539] SCIS 1048008

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Atoms, molecules, water and pH (external website)
An introduction to chemicals for university biology students, this well written site has information relevant for Chemistry Stage 6 students. The first section on Atoms and Molecules would be an excellent revision tool at the end of the Topic: The chemical earth. Simple language and colour diagrams give clear and effective explanations. The analogy of electrons and movie seats is a particularly good teaching tool. Students completing the Topic: The acidic environment will find the information on pH and buffers useful. Students can complete simple calculations, such as pH practice problem, record their answers and receive instant feedback. Overall this site has great potential for students and teachers. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry
PUBLISHER: University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [540] SCIS 1207812

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Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre (external website)
Teachers or students looking for authoritative secondary source material dealing with Australian scientists or organisations undertaking research and development activities in science or technology will find this a valuable starting place. Bright sparcs leads to an online register of over 4 000 Australian scientists and innovators. For each entry, biographical details and career highlights are included along with links to other sites. Teachers would need to allow time to verify the curriculum relevance of these linked sites. Australian science at work contains details of industries, corporations, research institutions, scientific societies and other organisations that have contributed to Australia's scientific heritage. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL: Stage 5Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6;Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Scientists; Technological innovations; Trade and professional associations
PUBLISHER: Australian Science & Technology Heritage Centre
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [509.94] SCIS 1068755

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BioFact Report (external website)
Teachers and students wishing to keep up to date with recent developments in science will find this portal useful. It has direct links to twenty five other sites providing science news. Some of these include Science Daily, Science a gogo, ABC News science, Discovery channel, NY Times science, Mars global surveyor, and Hubble images. The site is relevant to the Science Years 7-10 syllabus and all senior science syllabuses. Teachers could use the site to update their knowledge, to illustrate the link between science and technology or as a starting point for student research. It could also be useful as a vehicle for critical analysis and comparison of sources of information as part of the information search process. J. Morgan
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Science
PUBLISHER: Arthur Kerschen, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [500] SCIS 1165059

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ChemEd DL (external website)
A collection of digital education resources, tools and online services, this is a fine collection of resources for Chemistry Stage 6 teachers. The website is divided into three sections: a collection of chemistry videos named What’s this?, Molecules 360, where a selection of common molecules can be viewed in a variety of formats, and Periodic table live!. The latter is the most useful as it allows users to click on and view facts, pictures and reactions of many elements. The videos would be very useful for Chemistry teachers when completing the outcomes on metal reactivity in the Topic: Metals. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry – Study and teaching; Classroom activities
PUBLISHER: ChemEd DL, USA
REVIEW DATE: 30/09/2010 [540.07]
*1465577* SCIS 1465577

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Chemicool periodic table (external website)
The basis of this straightforward web site is a regular periodic table. A simple click on any element provides an enormous amount of additional data, including States, atomic number and weight, Energies, oxidation number, electron configuration, Appearance, Characteristics and reactions, Other forms, Radius, Conductivity, and Abundance. Also online for each element are Encyclopedia Britannica articles. Essentially a chemical database, the site allows very quick and easy access to information normally found by researching a variety of sources. It is a useful site for students comparing specific properties of elements. W. Chaffey
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Periodic law
PUBLISHER: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [546] SCIS 1195828

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chemmybear.com (external website)
Chemistry students and teachers will find this attractively presented site useful and informative. There are online experiments, which contain the method, and the expected results. Stills of Animated molecules may be clicked on to link to pages with the downloadable GIF files. These show rotating molecules accompanied by a short discussion of each. By choosing An element of interest the user is presented with information on an element at random. This is very detailed and largely text based so it is quick to load. There are links to numerous other chemistry sites, but time would be required to verify their curriculum relevance. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Science Stages 4-5; Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry
KEYWORDS: Chemistry; element; molecules
PUBLISHER: Paul Groves, South Pasadena High School, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11SCIS 1030660

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CHEMTUTOR (external website)
Straightforward and easily navigated, this site provides clearly written explanations and examples of basic chemistry concepts and study tips. While some sections go beyond the requirements of the Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus, the site contains excellent material to support all modules of this course. Good cross referencing makes it easy to find material on given topics, and there are also useful sections on Numbers and math,and Units and measures, with particular reference to chemistry. Some alternate arrangements of the Periodic Table are relevant to module 8.3: Metals in the Preliminary course, and many sections provide interesting snippets of historical information. The Stoichiometry roadmap in Mols, percents and stoichiometry, and an abundance of problems including answers, are useful teaching tools. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry
KEYWORDS: Acids; atomic structure; mols; periodic table; reactions; solutions
PUBLISHER: David Wilner
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS1045375

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Cogito.org: connecting young thinkers around the world
An interesting website designed for talented Mathematics and Science students, this resource encourages students to take their learning beyond the classroom. It has been created as an online community for academically talented young people. Members are able to participate in online interviews with experts and engage in young scientist forums. The website contains News, Editorials, Podcasts, digital libraries, virtual tours and Competitions. Featured topics include subjects like nanotechnology, biofuels, and global warming. There are research projects by young scientists. Students can access resources, associated websites, blogs and online tutorials. S. Richards
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Mathematics; Science
PUBLISHER: John Hopkins University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [500] SCIS 1375713

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Cosmos: the science of everything (external website)
This daily online news service from Australia’s award winning magazine, Cosmos, deals with every aspect of science. A major advantage of the site for teachers trying to enthuse students with scientific interest is that it is constantly changing and being updated. The best sections are the News articles, which cover a wide variety of what is current in science, and Life and environment and Technology. An option that Science teachers may find useful is to subscribe to the magazine via this website and receive comprehensive teacher’s notes with discussion topics and creative activities. Educators may also like to make use of Reviews when selecting DVDs, videos and print material for school use or professional development. L. Doyle
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; SciTech
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Science - Periodicals
PUBLISHER: Luna Media, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [505] SCIS 1438897

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Data-Logging: an introduction
Created by a science teacher, this site clearly explains the hardware and software available; the different kinds of sensors; the advantages and possibilities of electronic capture of data; data display; the use of graphs; and a comparison of the data loggers of different manufacturers. The site is supported by excellent graphics showing experimental set ups and sample results. For teachers of the Science syllabuses, this site is an excellent and unbiased starting point in learning to use data loggers and incorporating them into teaching programs. For students, there is valuable information on the presentation of data. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Science - Data processing
PUBLISHER: University of Leicester, UK
REVIEW DATE: 17/06/04 [540.285] SCIS 1063867

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Eric Weisstein’s world of science (external website)
The author presents an online encyclopaedia of Astronomy, scientific Biography, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at this site. Suitable for senior science and mathematics students, this web site allows students to search for information by topic and alphabetical order. Biography contains information organised according to the branches of science, gender, and Nationality. Nobel Prize winners are profiled. The information under each listing is succinct and supported by appropriate graphics. A useful bibliography is also included. J. Morgan

USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Physics Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Science - Encyclopaedias
PUBLISHER: Wolfram Research, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [503] SCIS 1189028

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Essential chemistry. Flash animations (external website)
These quality animations are very relevant for numerous topics in Chemistry Stage 6. Each colourful and interactive animation is only several minutes long, and the language is relevant and specific to the Stage 6 syllabus. Topics are simply laid out on the home page. Of particular use when studying Production of materials, are the animations on Galvanic cells and Radioactive decay. For the Chemistry Topic: The acidic environment, the outcomes concerning Le Chatelier’s Principle, Buffers and Acid ionization can all be enhanced using the animations. Students taking the Option: The chemistry of art, will find the animation on Line spectra very useful. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry
PUBLISHER: McGraw-Hill, USA
REVIEW DATE: 30/09/2010 [540]
*1465569* SCIS 1465569

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Experience math & science with Gizmos (external website)Exciting and colourful, these interactive simulations use inquiry and exploration to engage students in mathematical and scientific activities. Subject areas are divided into grade levels. Mathematics subjects are consistent across Years: Number & operations; Algebra; Geometry; Measurement; and Data analysis and probability. Science topics move from Earth and space and general science activities into the senior sciences. Subtopics facilitate use and each activity has clear instructions, specific learning objectives, lesson materials, a Student exploration guide, an answer key, teacher guide, and vocabulary sheet. This award winning site has relevance to the NSW curriculum. A free 30-day trial is available, and users can undertake any gizmo for free for five minutes per day. The site is easy to navigate and downloads quickly. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Mathematics; Science; SciTech
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; General Mathematics Stage 6; Mathematics K-6; Mathematics 7-10; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10; Science & Technology K-6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Mathematics - Simulation methods; Science - Data processing; Simulation games
PUBLISHER: ExploreLearning, USA
REVIEW DATE: 10/01/10 [500] SCIS 1435816

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Fuel Cell Institute of Australia (external website)
With environmental issues becoming increasingly important in our society, this resource about alternative fuel cells provides very contemporary information for schools. The somewhat irregular layout and vast amounts of content may require clear teacher direction for effective use within lessons. The material is very relevant for Chemistry students studying batteries within Production of materials. Science 7-10 students exploring alternative energy sources could also use this site as a source of extension material. Various diagrams are used throughout to sustain student interest and increase understanding. Primary schools and High schools (NSW-Australia) have helpful and practical information about schools currently participating in trials of these fuel cells. Details of competitions and activities may further engage students. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; SciTech
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10; Science & Technology K-6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Fuel - Environmental aspects
PUBLISHER: Fuel Cell Institute of Australia
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [621.31] SCIS 1311532

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Learning about renewable energy
(external website)
With renewable energies being the key to creating a clean energy future, this easy to navigate site provides the user with current information, pictures and links to videos about a variety of renewable energy sources. Chemistry Stage 6 students completing the section on ethanol production in the Topic: Production of materials will obtain the most from this site. The information is at an appropriate level for high school students with Student resources being particularly valuable. Science 7-10 students completing outcomes on renewable energy sources and strategies to balance human activities will also find this site useful. The majority of sections are enriched with external links that would need investigation for suitability. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6;Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Renewable energy
PUBLISHER: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [333.79] SCIS 1313508

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Light-Science.com
Providing information about topics from all branches of science, this general science website has some potential for students as a browsing site. Science Stage 5 students will find the section Projects & experiments useful when investigating ideas and deciding on their mandatory research project. Chemistry and Physics students may also find the background information on scientists such as Chadwick, Dalton, Planck and Millikan useful with several of their topics. The site is easy to move through and it is pleasant to view notes, graphics and photographs of scientific issues in the public arena, although the site has not been updated for over five years. Teachers developing extension work in junior Science may find this site a useful starting point. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Science; Scientists
PUBLISHER: International Raelian Movement, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [500] SCIS 1400001

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Molecular expressions: science, optics & you: secret worlds: the universe within
How big is space, how small are quarks and where do we fit in between? Students are able to explore this question by being able to zoom in and out of scientific images, from deep space to the smallest particles known to physics. The student activity at Perspectives: powers of 10 would be a good place to start. Students will find the interactive topics in the Tutorials accessible and interesting. Teacher resources offers a well organised sequence of activities and includes a range of research proposals to further engage students. The Science 7-10 outcome components of the universe isdirectly related to this site. D. Thompson

USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Atoms; Microscopes and microscopy; universe
PUBLISHER: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [502.82] SCIS 1253811

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Nobelprize.org
Visually appealing and very informative, this dynamic site is a well-constructed resource, especially for History and Science students. Simulation activities in Educational games have excellent learning materials on lasers, polymers, the ear, international trade, and the novel Lord of the flies. Each activity is based on a Nobel prize winning achievement and each has distinct syllabus connections. The site has a wealth of biographical primary source material in Nobel prizes, including Nobel laureate images, interviews, articles and speeches such as Max Planck’s 1918 Nobel lecture. Women Nobel laureates is a solid resource for junior students investigating female scientists, and Modern History students can imbibe the acceptance transcripts of syllabus personalities Gorbachev, Mandela, and Woodrow Wilson. The Nobel museum has some fine material for schools, and Alfred Nobel contains biographical data and a slide show of Nobel’s will and the major events leading to the first awards in 1901. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: English; HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Economics Stage 6;English 7-10; Modern History Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7-10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Nobel prizes - Biography; Nobel prizes - History
PUBLISHER: Nobel Foundation, Sweden
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [001.4] SCIS 1073437

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National Hydrogen Institute of Australia (external website)
Alternative and renewable energy sources are examined on this detailed website. Each page is enhanced with numerous colour images and photographs. Chemistry students completing the Topic: Production of materials, about assessing the potential of ethanol as an alternative fuel and of hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative battery, will benefit in using this site. The information on the greenhouse effect and renewable energy is valuable for Science 7-10. Secondary students' use of this site would need to be fairly structured as some sections could lose less focused students in the detail provided. This site could be used as extension material for those with an active interest in current Australian applications of alternative energy sources. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Alternative technologies; Hydrogen; Renewable energy
PUBLISHER: Solar Hydrogen Research, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [333.79] SCIS 1303609

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NSW Department of Primary Industries - Minerals and Petroleum (external website)
The site provides current information on coal, metallic and industrial mineral production under Information for educators, and there is a timeline within Mining minfacts relevant to module 8.3: Metals in the Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus. MinFacts provides useful secondary source material for students identifying the industrial separation processes used on a mixture, in module 8.2: The chemical earth. MinFact 63 contains interesting information about the use of cyanides in gold processing as an example of a separation technique and one side of its environmental implications. Geological survey of NSW will be useful for the Geography Stage 6 syllabus and for the Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 syllabus. Students may need some guidance in navigating this site. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Mines and mineral resources - New South Wales
KEYWORDS: Metals; minerals
PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Mineral Resources
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1045548

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People and discoveries (A science odyssey) (external website)
Biographies of approximately 120 twentieth century scientists are explored at this site. Information is best accessed from the pages Discoveries or People, or entries can be viewed by topics such as: Medicine and health; Physics and astronomy; Human behavior; Technology; and Earth and life sciences. Some useful timelines are included. Some of the notable scientists included are: Jonas Salk; Alexander Fleming; Niels Bohr; Albert Einstein; Stephen Wozniak; Francis Crick; and Rosalind Franklin. This is a very useful site for all science courses, particularly Stage 6, allowing students and teachers to focus on both the lives and scientific discoveries of many significant scientists and the processes they used. These biographies would also assist the HSIE outcome CCS3.1. J. Morgan
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; HSIE K-6; Physics Stage 6; Science Stages 4-5; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Inventions - History; Medicine - History; Science - History; Scientists - Biography
KEYWORDS: Biographies; scientists
PUBLISHER: WPGH, Boston, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1037676

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Plant technologies - (external website)Sulfuric Acid Plant Processes (external website)
The steps in the manufacture of sulfuric and nitric acids are described in simple terms at this site which uses a combination of text and graphics to explain both the chemistry and the engineering aspects of the processes. Go to 'Ethanol and other industrial processes' to find the information on nitric acid. Several different methods used for the production of each acid are explained; as are strategies commonly used to reduce the production of waste oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. This site is appropriate for students researching aspects of module 9.3: The acidic environment; and option 9.5: Industrial chemistry of the Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus. This is a very useful site. J. Morgan
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agricultural chemistry; Manufacturing processes; Nitric acid; Sulphuric acid
KEYWORDS: Acids; air pollution; nitric acid; sulfuric acid
PUBLISHER: MECS, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/8/11 SCIS 1037813

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Polymer discovery-KCPC education resources (external website)
Specifically written as support material for the Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus, the site contains information on Addition polymerisation, Condensation polymerisation, and obtaining Ethanol from plants, with specific syllabus references to module 9.2: Identification and production of materials. There is also information to support option 9.5: Industrial chemistry. For each topic, there is a quick overview or a more detailed scenic route through the information. The text is clear with links to an extensive glossary. Nomenclature is a section which underpins the study of organic chemistry. The text is enriched with references to relevant articles in current scientific periodicals. This is a very valuable site for chemistry teachers and will continue to be updated. B. Sampford
USER LEVEL: Stage 6; Professional
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Polymers and polymerisation
KEYWORDS: Polymer
PUBLISHER: Key Centre for Polymer Colloids, The University of Sydney
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 SCIS 1045699

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Radiocarbon WEB info (external website)
Designed to provide online information concerning radiocarbon 14 dating, this site contains a lot of detailed, useful information, but will probably be too daunting for most students to use independently as its lacks the inclusion of stimulating colour and animations. The most relevant section for student use would be K-12 which summarises the main facts behind the science of radioactive dating and its uses. Material is written for a lay audience and it could be useful as a secondary source for Chemistry students. While Chemistry teachers will find this site useful when checking information, the dates and statistics appear to not have been updated since 2002. There are a variety of potentially useful web links, such as the original scientific paper on dating the Shroud of Turin and a virtual dating game. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Radiocarbon dating
PUBLISHER: Radiocarbon WEB, NZ
REVIEW DATE: 02/08/11 [551.7] SCIS 1377363

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Science talk
ABSTRACT
An online teaching resource, the site promotes teaching and learning in Science and Mathematics. The site’s educational sections are: Chemistry practicals (8), Physics practicals (16), Maths practicals (7), Virtual experiments (9), and Games and puzzles (3). Sections are laid out in headings which equate to lesson ideas. Each of these is an audio and visual presentation by a scientist, and site users can view a transcript of the lesson. The site is developing and will feature more lessons, including video interviews and master classes. The site provides information on technological help for teachers using the material.
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Mathematics; Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; General Mathematics Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry; Educational games; Mathematics; Physics; Science - Experiments
PUBLISHER: Centre for Learning Innovation, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [500] SCIS 1330754

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Titanic: a special exhibit from Encyclopaedia Britannica
The site is slide show exhibit of the luxury passenger liner, Titanic, lost on its maiden voyage in 1912. Annotated slides include images of the Titanic under construction in Belfast, poor Irish emigrants waiting to board the ship, facsimiles, close-ups of construction details, the ship's lifeboats, the lavish fittings of the first class staterooms, parlour suites, lounge and dining rooms. Photographs of passengers, and profiles of some first class passengers such as Astor and Strauss, make the site an interesting visual resource for the study of rich and poor in European society in the Modern History Stage 6 Core Study: The world at the beginning of the twentieth century. Historically, the event caused a societal shift in thinking about wealth and excess. Underwater images of the wreck and some scientific images dramatically illustrate the effect of the sea for students of the Chemistry Option: Shipwrecks, corrosion and conservation. For students pursuing an interest in this famous ship, Titanic on the web and the site's reading notes will prove useful resources. R. Darlington
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6;Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Titanic (Ship); Shipwrecks - Atlantic Ocean
PUBLISHER: Encyclopaedia Britannica, USA
REVIEW DATE: 2/08/11 [910.9163] SCIS 1377768

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Virtual chembook (external website)
This is a virtual chemistry textbook for senior students. It illustrates a number of topics in chemistry, from general chemistry to organic chemistry and biochemistry, and includes a number of miscellaneous chemistry related topics such as environmental issues, water issues, energy topics and drug chemistry. The home page lists all content areas and highlighted topic areas take students to detailed, yet succinct, information, often with links to even more detailed information. The diagrams and photographs are good, although scanning has caused some loss of quality. This would prove to be an excellent back up for Chemistry students as it summarises many areas covered in the syllabus. M. Kenney
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemistry
PUBLISHER: C. E. Ophardt, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/06/10 [540] SCIS 1455395

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WebElements (external website)
The Science 7-10 and Chemistry syllabuses refer to the relationships between elements that can be interpreted from the periodic table. This is a detailed and very useful site for both of these syllabuses as it allows students to explore the properties of all elements. Each element is described with an abundance of data on such topics as History, Isolation, Uses, and Compounds. The element is photographed and quirky cartoons will appeal to chemistry enthusiasts. There are interactive activities such as matching balls of various sizes with the molar volume of different elements. Students could be encouraged to experiment with this site as a preparation for formal work on the periodic table. R. Dircks
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chemical elements; Periodic law
PUBLISHER: University of Sheffield, UK
REVIEW DATE: 2/8/11 [546] SCIS 1035048

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Word games: Hangaroo (external website)
Catering for School Certificate and Chemistry Stage 6 revision, the site provides some entertaining games in the scientific areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth science, The environment and Experimental design. Hangaroo is like the game hangman, but it uses a kangaroo. After choosing a topic area, students have to guess 10 keywords. After each word is solved, a definition is provided. Most students will find this game satisfyingly interactive and amusing. However, the kangaroo can be disrespectful and teachers should preview the games to assess suitability for each individual class. An HSC specific module, All my own work, is provided. The site would work well on an IWB. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science
SYLLABUS: Chemistry Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Science - Problems, exercises, etc; Word games
PUBLISHER: AlbertEinstein.com.au, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 10/05/10 [507.6] SCIS 1453051

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