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13 February 2013

Changing Materials

Mr. Harris' Class 4,5 has been looking at changing materials.  Here are some websites and videos which they will find useful as they inquire into the nature of change, and the concept of material.

The Periodic Table of Videos 

The Periodic Table of Videos is "Your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. A video about each element on the periodic table. And we upload new videos every week about science news, interesting molecules and other stuff from the world of chemistry."  It is produced by the University of Nottingham, in the UK.

This is their latest video:

and this is the playlist for all the elements in order:

The Royal Institution 

The Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution are famous for bringing science to the public in an entertaining, understandable, visible way.

"The Ri is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. We're about discovery, innovation, inspiration and imagination. You can explore over 200 years of history-making science in our Faraday Museum as well as engage with the latest research, ideas and debates in our public science events." (Read more on the RI webpage)

The 2012 Lectures were titled The Modern AlchemistThe videos can't be embedded here - so I stronly urge you to click on the link to Lecture Three: Earth - The Philosopher's Stone, and watch them on the RI website.  Other videos from the series dealing with Materials are on this page.

"By understanding the properties of materials, such as the silicon present in computers, or the rare earth magnets generating our electricity in wind turbines, we are entering a new era of chemistry in which we can engineer electrons in new configurations for future technologies. We can now put together the unique cluster of protons, neutrons and electrons that form each of the 80 elements in exciting new ways. If the ancient alchemists were alive today they'd be dazzled by the wonders created by the Modern Alchemist." (link)

UPDATE 15 Feb 2013: See this page at Pad Gadget for a list of "iPad apps that teach the periodic table to a number of age ranges. Whether a student is learning about the periodic table for the first time or is on her way to becoming a dedicated student of chemistry, these apps will help her learn about the difference between Hydrogen and Ununoctium, and every element in between."