Best Chemistry Revision Resources

I teach VCE Chemistry at an awesome high-school in Australia. VCE Chemistry can be a difficult subject to learn, and the more help students get from different locations, the better they’ll do in an exam.

Here’s my list of the best Chemistry revision resources on the Internet:

1. Richard Thornley IB Chemistry (tutorial videos)

Richard Thornley IB Chemistry

My all-time favourite Chemistry tutor on YouTube. He’s accurate, succinct, and has a great sense of humour. He’s really easy to understand, even when he’s explaining advanced concepts. Great use of customised video gaming to simulate chemical concepts, too. :)

Richard Thornley’s YouTube Channel

2. Khan Academy (tutorial videos)

World-class tutorial videos from the legendary Sal Khan. Sal teaches you Chemistry right through to university level, so if you’re still in high-school, you’ll need to select the videos that are right for you. Easy to follow and the website is constantly being updated. Great community of Khan academy users are available in the comments sections to answer your questions :)

Khan Academy Chemistry Website
Twitter: @KhanAcademy

3. CrashCourse Chemistry (tutorial videos)

Crash Course Chemistry

Fast-paced revision videos that remind you of chemical concepts you’ve already learned. Probably too rapid for learning new content, but they make for very entertaining revision. Excellent graphics & excellent production.

Crash Course Chemistry YouTube Playlist
Twitter: @TheCrashCourse

4. Chemguide (revision notes)

Classic revision notes for the UK Chemistry syllabus. Covers every topic in depth, and with a really simple website layout. Timeless, comprehensive resource for all students and teachers.

Chemguide Revision Notes

5. Compound Interest (posters)

A brand-new Chemistry blog that explores the everyday relevance of chemical compounds. Their food poster series and “Chemistry of Colour” posters have gone viral, and they’ve even been selling Chemistry-themed spice-jar labels! Compound Chem produce high-quality graphics that stimulate more interest in Chemistry.

Compound Interest Website
Twitter: @CompoundChem

6. Chemisode (tutorial videos)

Jason Goudie guides you through VCE Chemistry with these video tutorials covering Units 1–4. He narrates over Keynote slides, and does practice questions with a camera over a pen & paper. The playlist takes a long time to finish, but it’ll teach you everything you need to know for high school. Designed for VCE Chemistry in Australia.

Chemisode YouTube Channel

7. VCEasy (Student Booklets & Videos)

Designed exactly according to the VCE Chemistry Study Design. Each VCEasy page explains 1 bullet point from the VCAA Chemistry Study Design (of which there are 33 for Units 1&2, and 39 for Units 3&4). There are videos that explain each VCEasy page in about 3 minutes, with some practice questions as well :) A little fast-paced, VCEasy is designed to teach you each VCE Unit in under 60 minutes.

VCEasy Website
VCEasy YouTube Channel
Twitter: 
@VCEasy

8. Daria Kohls’ Chemistry Dropbox (Revision Cards)

Daria Kohls' Chemistry Dropbox

Awesome revision cards for A-level Chemistry. With one card for each Chemistry concept, this treasure trove of revision resources is a bit like VCEasy for A-level :) Get the whole set from Daria’s Dropbox folder using the link below.

Daria Kohls’ Chemistry Dropbox
Twitter: @DaK_74

9. TED-Ed (mini-lessons)

Short, animated films explain Chemical concepts very well. Unfortunately, only about 10% of our high school course has been covered by TED-Ed’s lessons. In a few years’ time, this could become the best Chemistry resource on the web. Search for the topics you need.

TED-Ed Website

10. Fuse School (tutorial videos)

Absolutely awesome animated videos that explain chemical concepts. Covers about one-third of our high-school curriculum. Explained really clearly in a beautiful British accent, each video contains a couple of quiz questions.

Fuse School YouTube Channel
Twitter: @FuseSchool

11. Tyler DeWitt (fun tutorial videos)

Tyler DeWitt teaches by telling stories. He anthropomorphises cells and molecules, and gives them feelings as they collide, transform and form products. His classic TED talk (here) is indicative of his unique teaching style. Excellent material for Grades 9-11.

Tyler DeWitt’s YouTube Channel
Twitter: @tyleradewitt

12. chemistNATE (tutorial videos)

More great Chemistry videos from a popular teacher on YouTube.

chemistNATE’s YouTube Channel
chemistNATE’s Lessons & Worksheets Website

13. Brightstorm (tutorial videos)

Brightstorm produces very high-quality Chemistry videos using a whiteboard. Excellent scripting & production, and excellent teaching. Great website, too!

Brightstorm Chemistry Website

14. IsaacsTEACH (tutorial videos)

IsaacsTEACH

Produces tutorials rather like Khan Academy, except that you can see the teacher on the screen. Very clear explanations.

IsaacsTEACH YouTube Channel

15. Bozeman Science (tutorial videos)

Bozeman Science

Great video tutorials. Use the search box to find the topics you want to learn about.

Bozeman Science YouTube Channel

16. Talkboard (tutorial videos)

Talkboard

Very neat videos that explain a huge number of Chemistry topics. Very comprehensive; a valuable resource.

Talkboard Chemistry Website

Your suggestions…?

Have I left any out? Email your suggestions to jameskennedymonash@gmail.com or add your ideas to the comments form below.

—James :)

New VCEasy Visual Chemistry student booklet is out now!

Just spreading the word… VCEasy‘s new student booklet looks awesome. Subscribe to them and follow @VCEasy on Twitter to stay informed.

Download the new VCEasy Visual Chemistry Student booklet v1.2 now

Features of the new version (v1.2) include:

  • Design tweaks throughout.
  • Now includes over 30 pages of practice questions.
  • New “concepts” feature that aligns perfectly with the Teachers’ booklet for convenient lesson planning. (I’ve split up the 33 Key Knowledge points from the VCAA Study Design into around 100 “concepts” for Units 1&2.  Each “concept” should be learned one at a time, followed by some practice questions.

Introducing VCEasy

VCEasy Visual Physics Free Download PDF Student Book v1.1

It’s taken all weekend. My first version of VCEasy Visual Physics Units 1&2 is now ready for use in the classroom.

Visual Physics Units 1&2 is a set of concise, visual teaching notes. It contains all you need to know for VCE Physics, and nothing else. For teachers, it’s a whiteboard plan plus quizzes. For students, it’s a go-to resource for high-quality, primarily visual notes.

There also exists a teachers’ version, which contains lesson plans and worked answers to all the quizzes. This is available by request only.

During high school, I created similar notes for all of my subjects and tacked them onto my bedroom wall. I ate, worked out and daydreamed while staring at these notes. I obsessed about the layout and re-designed them several times. All that effort paid off: I got an ATAR score of about 99+ (four A-grades at A-level).

The Visual Physics project is designed to evolve, but to do that, it needs more input and more feedback.

Download it for free here or by clicking on the banner above.

All feedback is welcome. Enjoy :)

My Physics Alphabet Goes Pink!

My Physics Alphabet Poster Set of 4 in BLUE My Physics Alphabet Poster Set of 4 in PINK

The first three posters in the series were My Greek Physics Alphabet (which went viral on the internet), My First Physics Alphabet, and My BIG Physics Alphabet. They teach Physics notations in a kindergarten-friendly medium. The posters include B is for magnetic flux density, Q is for electric charge, I is for current and Z is for atomic number. They also include a few notations that make sense to non-physicists too, like “M is for molar mass”.

The fourth poster is called My Blackboard Bold Alphabet and features V is for Vector Space, J is for Irrational Numbers and H is for Hamiltonian Quarternions, along with more familiar notations, like R is for Real Numbers.

I hope this poster set encourages at least one young person to pursue math & science.

Click the banner to get your hands on these posters. They’re child-safe, laminated, and arrive flat with free shipping! Enjoy! ;)

My Physics Posters, with Free World Shipping!

My Physics Alphabet Poster Set of 4 in BLUE My Physics Alphabet Poster Set of 4 in PINK

Give your children a head-start in Physics with this set of four colourful Physics Alphabet Posters. Show them your love of Science and get them interested at a very young age.

They’re child-safe, laminated, and arrive flat with free shipping!

Click below to get your hands on a complete set. All major credit cards are accepted.

 

Enjoy! James :-)

“Ingredients” Lesson Plan

People have been asking me for the lesson plan that gave rise to the Banana Posters.

Here it is. Click the image to download it as a PDF. :-)

It’s a great introduction to Organic Chemistry in the last year of high school or in the first year of university.

Ingredients Lesson Plan jameskennedymonash

3D Periodic Table with a G-Block (beta)

Here’s something you should all have in your Chemistry classrooms.

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This project was a mashup of two existing ones.

In 1969, Roy Alexander in the United States invented a helical periodic table with pop-out loops for the d-block and the f-block. It was by far the best way to visualise the periodic table at the time. His brilliant 1969 design patent is online here.

Then in 2010, Pekka Pyykkö in Finland created a periodic table that can accommodate elements up to Z=172, far beyond the range of elements that scientists can currently synthesise (currently Z=118 at best estimates). Pyykkö calculated the bizarre electron configurations of the g-block, and added these yet-to-be-discovered elements underneath the existing periodic table.

I blended these two ideas together and created a 3-dimensional periodic table with a g-block: Pyykkö’s elements in Alexander’s shape. The whole thing is about 30 cm high. I coloured all the elements by their electronegativities (where known).

Geography has globes, Biology has those limbless mannequins with their organs showing, and now Chemistry has this. It’s by far the most superior way to visualise the periodic table and electron configurations in 3D. It’s the only periodic table that puts all the elements in the right order without any gaps. It’s future-proof, fool-proof and waterproof.

Email me if you want to get your hands on one. Enjoy :)

A 3-dimensional periodic table with a g-block (front)
A 3-dimensional periodic table with a g-block (front)

Meet the Family!

Posters are now available in three sizes:

Poster Selection 3

Furthermore, I’ve re-formatted Table of Esters and their Smells, Table of Organic Compounds and their SmellsMeet the Terpenes and my first ever graphic, Tea Types, so that all the text is legible from several metres away. No more small print. Great for longer-range or classroom use. Here’s an example:

Meet the Terpenes GIANT ad

The whole set looks fantastic on high-quality A3 paper; so much better than on screen. Placed on a desk or a wall, they’re ready to make an impact. In print, they bring life and relevance to Chemistry, which is exactly what I intended when I created them.

They also seem to provoke quite a discussion.

I’ve managed to keep the print prices ridiculously cheap. All three sizes are printed on thick-but-sturdy 250 gsm matte paper, and I’ll sign them if you want me to. Cheap international shipping is still available—most orders ship for just $6—and turnaround times are fast.

Order A3, A4 or A5 prints using this form. 

James :)

In other news:

  • DESIGN YOUR OWN SHIRTS: T-Shirt Store has a new customise-your-own T-Shirt app from CorelDRAW. From today onwards, you can put any design onto any product for men, women, children, babies, or dogs. Click “Shop by Product” or “Shop by Design” to start creating!
  • A COFFEE MUG has just entered the T-Shirt Store. Check it out. It’s on the front page.
  • INTERNATIONAL: Designs are now available in 7 different languages: English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch and Simplified Chinese. If you want these products in more languages, just drop me an email. We’ll see what we can do :)

All-Natural Banana Has Gone Viral: 2M views

banana collage 2 million jameskennedymonash

This post is a shameless list of newspapers and famous blogs that published articles about the All-Natural Banana, which has now exceeded 2 million views on the internet.

It’s also spawned a successful clothing line and a poster print business. In other words, for what started as a simple teaching aid, “Ingredients” is getting pretty big. :)

Here’s the list:

I’m now sending multiple print shipments every day, most of them international.

It now exists in 7 languages. More on that soon.

It has over 120,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook (but I don’t use Facebook)

And it’s been shared widely across social media like Twitter. In other words, it’s gone viral.

Exciting changes to the T-Shirt Store will be announced tomorrow. :) James

If Beetroots had Ingredients Labels…

It’s Australia Day and beetroot burgers are in ‘season’.

Chemically, beetroots are remarkably simple.

ingredients of an AUSTRALIAN BEETROOTThe colour in beetroots comes from just two E-numbers (which are each groups of about 10 compounds); and the flavour comes almost entirely from geosimin. So simple.

Happy Australia Day!