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Alchemy to chemistry - the start of a modern science

Isaac Newton would not have said he was a scientist, but he would have said he was an alchemist, or some who practised alchemy. In fact, it was not until 1833 that people began calling themselves...

An introduction to the periodic table

What is the periodic table? How do you read the periodic table?

Atomic structure

All atoms are composed of a small positively charged nucleus containing protons and neutrons surrounded by a larger negatively charged electron cloud.

Atoms and atomic structures

This tutorial will step you through what atoms are made of and how they make other molecules and compounds. This unit also covers electrons, how are they structured and how do they behave? What is...

Atoms, molecules and compounds

Atoms are the basic building blocks of elements that still have the properties of the element. They are too small to be observed by the naked eye

Atoms, molecules and compounds quiz

Take this quiz and test your knowledge of atoms and elements.

Chemical bonding

How do chemicals form bonds to create molecules, compounds and more? Learn about different forms of chemical bonding, and how those bonds are broken, in this tutorial.

Chemical bonding quiz

Test your knowledge of ionic bonding here. 5 example questions with explanations and 25 quiz questions to challenge your knowledge.

Chemical bonding: ionic bonds

Ions are produced when electrons transfer entirely from one atom to another. These are charged species. The charge of an ion depends on whether the atom gains (negatively charged or anions) or loses...


These resources for chemistry students will help you to improve your skills in areas such as electron configuration and chemical bonding.

Chemistry today

Why study chemistry? Chemistry is a vital part of creating the modern world. To understand the natural world, you need chemistry. From DNA to space flight, virtually all parts of science and...

Electron configuration quiz

Take this quiz and test your knowledge of electron configuration.

Famous chemists and milestones

History of the periodic table

The periodic table is a single image that contains all the elements that we know exist in the universe. It classifies elements into categories and makes predictions about elements that have not yet...

Introduction to chemistry

This tutorial will take you through a quick tour of chemistry and finish with a self-assessment tool. The quiz will test your maths skills and point you to where you can brush up if you need to.

Language of chemistry

What is difference between a liquid, a gas and a solid? How does matter change between states? Learn the terms and names used in chemistry. Becoming fluent in chemistry will unlock many doors in...

Periodic table quiz

Take this quiz to test your chemistry knowledge of the periodic table

Quantum numbers: the address of an electron

Quantum numbers are used to describe orbitals. This page will explain how to calculate the address of an electron

Quiz - quantum numbers

This Chemistry quiz will test your knowledge of atomic structures, electrons and quantum numbers

Quiz atomic structure

Take this quiz on atoms, their properties and atoms structures. If you need to revise this knowledge, see the atoms page above.