Stuff by Steve Lower available on the Web

Steve's Personal Web page
Steve's SFU Chemistry Web page

Resources for Chemistry Education

home page, topics of general interest


Getting started in Chemistry: essential background

The Basics of atoms, moles, formulas equations and nomenclature


Atoms and the periodic table

Orbital occupancy and the periodic table

Primer on quantum theory of the atom

Why doesn't the electron fall into the nucleus?

Aquatic Chemistry

Acid-base without algebra: graphical treatment of acid-base systems

Fall of the electron - how to understand oxidation-reduction in chemistry and biochemistry.

Fall of the proton - how to understand acid-base reactions

A gentle introduction to water and its structure

Chemical bonding

All about chemical bonding (Chem1 virtual textbook)

Chemical bonding (shorter pages)

The electron-tunnel model of chemical bonding

Thermodynamics and equilibrium

All about chemical equilibrium (Chem1 Virtual Textbook)

Chemical energetics and the First Law of thermodynamics

Thermodynamics of equilibrium: entropy and the Second Law

Understanding Entropy (tutorial emphasizing entropy as a measure of energy spreading

Digital texts

These are mostly pdf files which require Acrobat Reader for viewing or printing.
Please see here for more detailed descriptions of the units in this section.

General Chemistry

Primer on Quantum Theory of the Atom

Steve Lower's Reference text chapters for Environmental Chemistry

Survey of Environmental Geobiochemistry.
Acrobat pdf format (58 p, 542 K): View / download this file now
An OnLine Web version is also available.

Aquatic Chemistry

Science and pseudoscience

What is pseudoscience? How can you recognize it? All about pseudoscience, bad science, junk science and pathological science.

See also the AquaScams site below

Computer-assisted instruction

Chem1 Concept Builder - guided, interactive and in-depth instruction for advanced-HS and college chemistry - now free!

CAI as a medium for mainline instruction in Chemistry. American Chemical Society Committee on Computers in Chemical Education Newsletter, Winter 2001.

AquaScams site

H2OdotCON: Water pseudoscience, crackpot chemistry and quackery - home page for dubious schemes for softening water with catalysts, magnets or electric fields; magnetic laundry balls and similar scams, and dietary supplements based on various fictional structure-altered waters.

CatScams: catalytic water treatment - "precious metal" catalysts that are supposed to inject electrons into the water.

Cluster Quackery: water cluster nostrums and nonsense

Coral calcium quackery

Energized water wackadoo

IonBunk: "ionized water" - snake oil on tap - worthless water electrolysis devices

John Ellis Water Machine

Other wonky water snake oil and nonsense

Penta Water and AquaRX bunk

Pi Water and PiMag Water pseudoscientific snake oil

MagScams: magnetic water treatment and related nonsense

Magnetized water mythology

Other goofy water treatment schemes - electromagnetic, electrolytic, mysterious minerals, photonics, super-ionized water, weird vibrations and vortexes.

OxyScams: "Oxygenated water" snake oil

PentaBunk - "Penta Water" pseudoscience

John Ellis Water Machine

Music - "Old vinyl" recordings

Canadian Folk Music - A Centennial Collection resurrection of a long-unavailable 1967 9-LP set

Laudario 91 di Cortone - Old Italian sacred folk music

Other items

Chem1 Problem Book (44 pages) A collection of 150 "homework"-type problems organized into twenty problem sets. The 150 tutorial CAI lessons of the Chem1 Problem Proctor are keyed to these problems. Download/View this document now

Thermal physics (and some chemistry) of the atmosphere (S.K. Lower, 11 pages.) An exploration of how the temperature of the atmosphere varies with altitude can serve as a useful means of illustrating some important principles relating to the behavior of gases and to the absorption and transformation of radiant energy. [Published in J. Chem. Ed. 1998 75 837 (July)]
Acrobat, 43K: (Download this file now)

Stephen Lower is a retired member of the
Dept of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby B.C. V5A 1B6 Canada
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Last modifed 22.1.2004