November 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 20)
Strong Points: Informative and engaging videos
Weak Points: None
You’ve probably seen a lot of different periodic tables over the years, but I doubt you’ve seen any quite like the one featured on the University of Nottingham’s Periodic Videos website. As the name implies, the website features a periodic table wherein each element is accompanied by an educational video about that element. The videos feature actual chemists from the University of Nottingham, and they also often feature related chemical demonstrations (such as an exploding hydrogen-filled balloon). Even though the team behind the videos has succeeded in covering all 118 elements, the group continues to replace older videos with updated ones. The elements with recently updated videos are conveniently marked on the table. Beyond the periodic element videos, the website also contains a large collection of “extra” videos that cover a wide range of topics.