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bijou
07-15-2008, 06:51 AM
All 118 elements of the periodic table, from hydrogen to lawrencium, are being brought to life in a series of YouTube videos filmed at a British university.



The lively clips are intended to bring chemistry to generations of students turned off the subject by the rote learning of elements at school.

Each element of the table will have its own video, in which its properties are described by a member of the University of Nottingham’s chemistry faculty.

... The sodium video, which shows the element fizzing vigorously after being dropped in water, is already the most viewed on the website.

Also popular is the oxygen film, in which cotton wool covered with liquid oxygen is detonated, to cheers and giggles from the demonstrating scientists.

"I thought it was a really great way of communicating our enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject to a wider audience," said Professor Martyn Poliakoff, the internationally-renowned chemist who introduces most of the elements.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/07/15/scielements115.xml

See the videos here
http://www.periodicvideos.com/#

Gingersnap
07-15-2008, 09:26 AM
If kids understood that you can make cheap drugs and explosives if you learn chemistry, it'd be a lot more popular.

megimoo
07-15-2008, 10:01 AM
If kids understood that you can make cheap drugs and explosives if you learn chemistry, it'd be a lot more popular.The explosive part is being carefully managed by BATF to the extent of modifying the formulae for gunpowder .

I noticed that someone (BATF) changed it online from Potassium Nitrate to Sodium Nitrate ,not much of a bang with Sodium !

Shannon
07-15-2008, 10:16 AM
If kids understood that you can make cheap drugs and explosives if you learn chemistry, it'd be a lot more popular.

My mom bought my brother some kind of chemistry set when he was around 11. That didn't turn out so well.:eek: