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ptable - an online interactive periodic table

Anyone interested in the elements of the periodic table can explore them easily.
Ptable.com: Review of An Online Interactive Periodic Table

ptable.com, a fantastic and free online app lets you interactively explore a detailed periodic table. Are you a chemistry student or someone just interested in learning more about the elements on the period table? Use ptable.com to examine:

  • General information about the periodic table elements.
  • Detailed element properties about each entry in the periodic table.
  • Which elemental isotopes exist for each element.
  • Which compounds you can create by mixing various elements. together.

Each element on the periodic table has been described in extreme detail and includes clear photos, categories and their descriptions, element properties, orbitals, isotopes and it even lets you mix compounds with other elements.

ptable - the online periodic table of elements
ptable - the online periodic table of elements

The fast online ptable app works in your desktop browser and on tablets, which makes it an ideal periodic table for teachers and schools. There are even period table lesson plans and activities which make class preparation easier for both chemistry teachers and homeschooling parents.

The periodic table elements

When you select an element on the main tab in ptable.com, a pop-up windows with the detailed entry about that element from Wikipedia. You can look at multiple entries simultaneously by docking these windows to the edges of the page.

ptable periodic table - details of an element
ptable periodic table - details of an element

To expand the table and make it clearer to read, or to add more information to each element, click on the check boxes in the top right: Weight, Names, and Electrons. The Wide check box organizes the elements into their proper location inside the table. You can search for specific elements by name or their symbol using the search field at the top right of the page.

ptable periodic table - wide display with all elements
ptable periodic table - wide display with all elements

Element properties in ptable

The Properties tab lets you see and compare the elements' properties without having to wade through paragraphs.

  • First, click on the radio button next to the elemental property you are interested in.

An extra settings area next to the main properties will let you look at specific details. For example:

  • Drag the Temperature slider to see when the elements change from solids to liquids.
  • Drag the Discovered slider to see when each periodic table element was discovered.
ptable periodic table - looking at element properties
ptable periodic table - looking at element properties

To find all of the elements within a range for a single property, first select the property, then enter the range in the search bar at the top right.

Why are element names and symbols different?

Want to know why lead is "Pb" or potassium is "K"? That's because their Latin names are not always used in everyday language. Select Latina from the language drop down list then click the little right arrow next to the list, and the table of elements will reload with the Latin names. Click "back" in your browser to return to your normal language.

Changing the language settings of the ptable periodic table
Changing the language settings of the ptable periodic table

Learn more about elemental isotopes

When you look at the Isotopes tab, you can see a number of element isotope properties.

  1. Click on one of the radio buttons to see that property.
  2. Select an element to see its isotopes with your selected property in a stacked pile.
  3. Click on an element isotope and you may be able to read more about it, only if it is an important enough element!
Isotope properties for all of the elements in the period table in ptable
Isotope properties for all of the elements in the period table in ptable

Create your own compounds without a lab

Not everyone has their own chemistry lab or access to elements to mix together! Under the Compounds tab on ptable.com, you can select one or more elements to mix together. Elements that don't form compounds can't be mixed.

  • Click on the blue underlined links to read more about those compounds and see their molecular structure in a pop-up window.
Creating chemical compounds from the periodic table of element using the ptable app
Creating chemical compounds from the periodic table of element using the ptable app

ptable demonstration video

If you are feeling a bit lost, this video demonstration from the creator of ptable.com will help you know where to start. You can download the periodic table and printouts as PDF files to print for educational use. Have fun learning about the elements on the periodic table with ptable.com!

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