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Margaret Scheuermann, Western Washington University
Last seen: 4 weeks 1 day ago
Joined: 05/11/2009 - 12:10am

Best of YouTube

I've occasionally found myself talking to students about various reactions during office hours or lab and wishing I could just show them. There are a surprising number of good videos of chemistry demos on YouTube but finding the best ones to show students takes time. Here are a few that I've found and liked. Has anyone else come across any that seem especially good?

Sugar and sulfuric acid:
-this one is short and has no narration

-shows the carbon rising out of the beaker nicely, again no narration

-can't go wrong with the Brainiacs

-shows the setup of the reaction, lacks narration and sound but there is time to explain what's going on while it plays, the molten iron can be clearly seen
Joanne Stewart, Hope College
Last seen: 1 day 18 hours ago
Joined: 11/17/2007 - 11:05am

I saw a demo of elephant's toothpaste (showing the concept of catalysis) on local Aussie TV. If you don't mind a slightly hyperactive host, it's pretty good. I love the host and the Australian accents! And my (Australian) students thought it was pretty funny.


Joanne Stewart, Hope College
Last seen: 1 day 18 hours ago
Joined: 11/17/2007 - 11:05am

These are great, Margaret! We had a poll about favorite videos last year, so here's a link to the poll which has some more great video links:


Nancy Scott Burke Williams, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College
Last seen: 2 months 1 week ago
Joined: 11/17/2007 - 10:57am

There's always sodium disposal, US Govt. style.

More recently, Theo Grey, artist, amateur chemist, and general lover of the Periodic Table of the Elements, has undertaken the detonation of all of the non-radioactive alkali metals. While not technically YouTube,  these are in the same spirit.


Maggie Geselbracht, Reed College
Last seen: 8 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 11/17/2007 - 11:00am

Here's a fun and informative way to teach students about n-doped semiconductors!  Tom Mallouk wrote lyrics to a Justin Timberlake song and now there is a YouTube music video for n-doped!

If this looks familiar from another context,  you can also find links to this song and others in the "Inorganic Chemistry Just Makes You Want to Sing!" learning object on VIPEr.