Top Websites for Chemistry Students
By Glen Loppnow
I actually asked my first-year university students this question and they gave some terrific advice. Below are their picks:
1. Wikipedia: www.wikipedia.org/
Although some students (and faculty) are ashamed to admit this, Wikipedia was the most popular website to go to for fast facts. A study has shown that it is about as accurate as the original literature for most questions.
2. JT Baker/Fischer: http://www.jtbaker.com/europe/msds/; http://iris.fishersci.ca/MSDS2.nsf/Search?OpenForm
This site contains material safety data sheets (MSDS), important information related to safe handling of chemicals.
Students go to this site before labs to learn some of the procedures that will be necessary in the lab.
3. A tie between Google (www.google.com) and eClass (our class management system)
Google to search for data for problem sets and eClass to keep organized and view notes.
4. YouTube: www.youtube.com/
Students use this to see other, more visual presentations of chemistry topics. They also use this site to see more "informal" chemistry: "Sometimes it is just good to see something blowing up!" is what one of the students wrote.
Other sites picked include:
Yahoo! Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com/)
Students are using these sites as peer learning sites, but I don't know if this constitutes "cheating" or "collaboration".
A number of sites were only chosen by 1 student, and these include specific aid sites (e.g. www.wolfram.com for math; academic institution sites for periodic tables; www.scopus.com for searching) and entertainment in the discipline (www.chem4kids.com; http://teacherguys.com/).
Glen Loppnow, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, and 3M National Teaching Fellow.
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