ChemEd DL Collections

Resources: Tools for Learning Chemistry

ChemEd DL Resources support teaching and learning chemistry. Sample from our broad range of tested learning materials. 

Chemistry Comes Alive!

an award-winning collection of high-quality QuickTime video clips and still images that bring chemistry to life with depictions of chemical reactions and techniques. CCA! video and imagery is readily incorprated into other presentation formats such as Web pages and presentations.


ChemPRIME (Chemical Principles through Integrated Multiple Exemplars) is designed so that chemistry concepts can be presented in an order that reflects the conceptual structure of the discipline and students are able to learn chemistry within a broad range of contexts that relate chemistry to other disciplines and everyday life. ChemPRIME is a collaborative project in which concepts and contexts can be contributed by anyone to a wiki and used free of charge by anyone for non-commercial purposes.


This glossary of chemical terms provides an easy way to find definitions chemists would apply to many scientific terms. The glossary is constantly being updated, so if you would like to add a term or definition, please contact us.

Mahjong Chemistry

Now there’s a new (and educational) version of the highly addictive, Chinese tile-matching game Mahjong – thanks to the Stetson University Chemistry Department!

Models 360

3D, interactive models of molecules and solids presented using Jmol.

Periodic Table Live!

a periodic table with access to data and descriptions of the elements. It uses images and video from the Chemistry Comes Alive! collection to bring the periodic table alive with high-quality depictions of reactions of the elements, along with the JMol chemical structure viewer which provides an interactive, 3D display of the the crystal structures of the elements.

Stereochemistry Tutorial

a tutorial discussing stereochemistry definitions, as well as methods for assigning priorities, stereochemical configurations, and stereochemical relationships between molecules. Students have the ability to choose their preferred method of visualization for making molecular comparisons, having all of their content tailored to their chosen visualization method.

Textbook-Integrated Guide to Educational Resources (TIGER)

The Textbook-Integrated Guide to Educational Resources (TIGER) is ChemEd DL's new way to find useful online resources. Find your textbook in the list and click on the title. This will take you to a table of contents where you can choose the chapter and section that you are currently studying. A list of resources from ChemEd DL will appear.

Today's Science for Tomorrow's Scientists

lessons linking the science done by specific research groups with middle and high school curricula.

Top Resources

The ChemEd DL has a multitude of specific resources for helping you to find media and lessons for teaching chemistry. There are three resources that bring many of these resources into the classroom in a easy-to-use fashion. .

Periodic Table Live!

This interactive periodic table has videos, interactive models of crystal structures, and a multitude of curated and accurate data about each element. 

Models 360

JSmol is used to build interactive molecule viewers that visualize high-level quantum calculation data in an easy-to-use tool. 


Specifically geared toward the High School Teacher, this site categorizes lesson plans by standards and uses a lot of the ChemEd DL resources in these outlined lesson plans. By far the most popular of our resources!

Finding Resources

There are multiple ways to find resources on the ChemEd DL. The search bar below will search this site, but resources may be easier to find by searching our database, or by using our textbook-table-of-contents-style search: T.I.G.E.R. For our High School teachers, we recommend starting with ChemTeacher.

Chemistry in the News

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11/ 6/2017

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11/ 6/2017

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A New Hydrogen: Phase V
11/ 6/2017

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ChemEd DL seeks to provide exemplary resources for chemistry teachers and students—resources that are versatile and reliable tools that span all aspects of chemical education, from middle school science through college-level classes and topics. Our collection includes interactive simulations, tutorials, activities, reference materials, images, video and even more..


Community: a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, goals, and interests. ChemEd DL communities share the common interest of chemistry, the common goal of teaching or learning the chemical sciences, and the common attitude that chemistry is important to society.

ChemEd DL's collection of communities cross-cut the many areas of interest in the chemical sciences.