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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Properties tab lets you see and compare the elements' properties without having to wade through paragraphs.
An extra settings area next to the main properties will let you look at specific details. For example:
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.
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.
When you look at the Isotopes tab, you can see a number of element isotope properties.
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.
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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