Movies and Animations

There are now many chemistry movies, animations, and Java applets online which can be found with keyword searches, but I will try to keep this list updated with some of the better ones. Enjoy!
Link Dissolution of NaCl in Water (avi file) The process of dissolving NaCl in water, shown at the molecular level. AVI format with audio, 4.49 MB. Link Dissolution of NaCl in Water (mov file) Same animation as above, except in QuickTime MOV format, 721 KB. Link Paul Kelter's Lab Demos (website) From the University of Illinois Chemistry Learning Center. Link Cathode Rays (website) This QuickTime animation shows the effect of electric and magnetic fields on the path of the beam inside the cathode ray tube. In 1887, J. J. Thomson interpreted these results as evidence that cathode rays consist of negatively-charged particles we now know as electrons. Thanks to Melinda (CHEM 1411 '05) for finding this link! Link Cathode Rays (mov file) View the animation here if the above website is unavailable. File size: 6 MB. Link Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment and other Shockwave Interactives "This animation recreates Rutherford's gold foil experiment, which led to the discovery of the atomic nucleus." Another with narration is at Link Chemistry: The Science in Context (website) This is the Student Website for "Chemistry: The Science in Context," by Thomas R. Gilbert, Rein V. Kirss, Natalie Foster, and Geoffrey Davies. It has quizzes and tutorials with Shockwave animations. Choose ChemTours from the menu bar at the top of the screen to see a list of animations. Link Nuclear Chemisty (website) "Click the following links to view videos relating to nuclear chemistry. These videos require QuickTime Plugin." From the Radiochemistry Society. Link Organic Chemistry YouTube Lectures (website) This is just a YouTube search on "organic chemistry." Browse the videos to get an idea of what's there. Some are very entertaining and quite informative - a good way to get a quick overview or review of organic lecture topics. Link Organic Reaction Mechanisms (website) A collection of 31 organic mechanisms in QuickTime format, about 500 KB each. Go to "Mechanisms & Movies" for the list of animations. From Organic Chemistry Online, by Paul R. Young, University of Illinois. Link Sample Movies from Chemistry Comes Alive! (website) "Movies are only available on the Chemistry Comes Alive! CD-ROMs, but several samples are provided here. You must have QuickTime 4 or later to play these movies." From The Journal of Chemical Education Online. Link "The Elements" Song (website) Written and sung by Tom Lehrer ca. 1955, animated by Mike Stanfill ca. 2002. Choose a connection speed to start the movie. Flash (.SWF) animation, 446 KB. There will be a short quiz after the song. Link Reactions of Alkali Metals with Water (YouTube) This YouTube video shows reactions of the alkali metals lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium with water. After seeing this, you'll know why the Group I elements are called the "active" metals. Another video, a little on the nutty side but entertaining, is at Don't try this at home! Link Magic Floating Boat - Sulfur Hexafluoride (YouTube) Another YouTube video hosted by young scientists Rosie & Anna. Link NOVA: Absolute Zero "The story of the harnessing of cold and the race to reach the lowest temperature possible." Previously available from PBS Video: Use the VodPod link below to view another posting. See also the short "Race for Absolute Zero" video that describes the Bose-Einstein state: Link Download Apple QuickTime Player Free QuickTime player to view .mov video files. Link Download Adobe Flash Player Browser plug-in to play Macromedia Flash (.swf) animations. Link Download Java Runtime Environment Allows you to run applications called "applets" that are written in the Java programming language.