Modern ways to study chemistry Part 1

All the mysteries of the periodic table and the mysteries of chemical reactions in our selection of games and applications to the study of chemistry.

Not so long ago we provided you with 13 games and applications for the study of physics. But that is not science, over the promotion of which today work for the developers. And, of course, their focus is not passed by chemistry is an interesting science of the structure of substances, which usually causes in children the dread of the incomprehensible elements and formulas. But I think it is, as always, in approach. Perhaps if diversify the study of the periodic table using different games and to introduce children to the concept of chemical valence with the help of colorful and intuitive application, then the object will not seem boring or inaccessible. So we offer you a selection of apps and games to the study of chemistry.

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The Elements

App for exploring chemical elements, of which one English writer and actor Stephen fry spoke as follows: “for the Sake of this app, you should buy an iPad!”. The Elements is a kind of database of essential chemical elements, presented in the form of high end 3D models. The app is based on the book “the Elements” by Theodore gray, author of Gray Matter column in Popular Science magazine, but the possibilities are The Elements go far beyond the printed publication.

For each element in the matched sample, which is represented in the form of a rotating 3D model (for example, tin soldier – tin, ingot of gold for gold, etc.) that you can run, flip, zoom in to examine from all sides. Next to each item are the column data and facts, telling details about its features. So the developers describe their product:

The Elements is not an application reference; it is a rich and fascinating story of love for the periodic table, told in words and pictures and allows you, as never before, experience the beauty and Majesty of the building blocks that make up our universe.

Repeatedly recognized as one of the best programs for the study of chemistry, The Elements is only $4.99. The app can be downloaded on iTunes. Unfortunately, the video review is available only in English, but even visual imagery is enough to understand how good this program is.


In this free app you will find three dimensional models of different substances. In Molecules there are several visualization modes that allow users to rotate the model, zoom, molecule, increase/decrease size etc. the app Itself has a very decent base, molecular models, but at the same time, the user has the ability to download the examples from specialized sites international repositories of biological molecules and their three-dimensional models. To do this in the search bar enter the name of the substances (Water, Gold, Insulin, etc.). Of course, every molecule and molecular compound here are the full information: the full name of the molecular structure (and if you remember that most substances are called abbreviated and full name usually known only to experts?), the number and types of amino acids in case of proteins, the nucleotide sequence for DNA and RNA, researchers connections and more. The app is available on iTunes.

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Chemical Valence

Created by a Professor of chemistry from Michigan, this app helps users understand the principle of molecular compounds. Gameplay consists of five levels, each of which requires the player to make a 2D pixel structure Lewis. The one who coped with the task, will be rewarded with the conversion of 2D structure into a 3D model. In addition, at the end of each level the app will give you a rhetorical philosophical question about the Universe and its substances, so that even if we fail to comprehend the valence, the philosophy of chemistry will be a little closer. Download Chemical Valence in the App Store for $0.99.


It is a kind of virtual chemistry lab on your mobile device. It is possible to conduct experiments with different substances and observe the most unexpected reaction. As you know, in virtual space, you can even experiment with explosives and radioactive substances. The results of experiments are simulated in real time, the program takes into account a lot of parameters: the composition of air, ambient temperature, mass and volume of the mixed substances, etc. To ease the task to a novice chemist, the application provides the principal reactions for each substance from the periodic table. However, it is possible to ‘launder’ and discover your own reaction. Laboratory Chemist available on iTunes, its price – at $4.99. But there is a free trial version.

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