RESOURCES: Chemistry Basics

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Science  30 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5513, pp. 2521
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5513.2521d

If you're a chemistry student boning up on crystals or a chemist tired of flipping through books for conversion tables, then try The Wired Chemist, a nice collection of resources hosted by Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Chemistry professor Claude Yoder started the site a few years ago for his students, stocking it with sections such as an online general chemistry course and 3D models of inorganic and organic molecules. But it's since grown to include material useful to working chemists. There are tables of conversions, an NMR bibliography, a database of NMR spectra, and links to job sites and chemistry journals.

The site also delves into the chemistry of minerals and crystals, Yoder's special interest. Check out pretty photos of minerals like orange wulfenite and ruby-red rhodocrosite, or watch QuickTime movies showing compounds' crystal structures.

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