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Chem 13 News Periodic Table Project

Periodic Table Project

Organized by Chem 13 News magazine, this special undertaking celebrated the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) in 2011, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sponsored event. There are participating schools and organizations from every Canadian province and territory, as well as 20 U.S. states and 14 countries.

Several outreach tools have been constructed: a poster recognizing International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011, a permanent display, and a travelling exhibit. In addition, mobile apps of the project have been created for all mobile platforms. See the interactive online version of the Periodic Table Project.

Chem 13 News magazine is running a contest to design tiles for the four newly named elements, nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og). There have been over 200 entries and the finalists have been announced. Come back in the month of May and vote to decide which design tiles will be added to our Periodic Table Project.

Chem 13 News magazine

Chem 13 News is an informal magazine published by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo for teachers of introductory chemistry courses, especially at the high school and year 1 college levels. It is published nine times per year, monthly from September through May. We encourage teachers to share their ideas and comments.

Chem 13 News Exam

This multiple-choice exam is not to be considered as anything but a selection mechanism for awards. Specifically, it is not used as a criterion for admission to university studies. We do not show or give results to any admissions committee.

The exam will cover material that a well-read senior high school chemistry student is likely to have come across in the course of studies. Students may expect to find a few probing and demanding questions on some of the main topics of high school chemistry. Certain mathematical skills closely related to the study of chemistry will be tested, and there will be a few questions on chemical topics not normally covered in high school. The exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, some easy, some tough, under the general headings: organic, equilibria, kinetics, oxidation-reduction, bonding, structure, reactions, solutions, gases, and a general knowledge of current affairs.

Avogadro Exam

Geared toward junior high school students, the exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, some easy, some tough, under the general headings: structure of matter, bonding, reactions, solutions, and gases, and a general knowledge of current affairs. Students may expect to find a few probing and demanding questions on some of the main topics of high school chemistry. Certain mathematical skills closely related to the study of chemistry will be tested, and there will be a few questions on chemical topics not normally covered in high school.

Chemistry outreach program

In the Department of Chemistry, we are dedicated to providing support for high school chemistry educators and students.  Our outreach program invites grade 11 and 12 chemistry classes to visit the University of Waterloo for a Chemistry Day (or half day). The Chemistry day can include a selection of the following events:

  • A hands on chemistry lab that uses stoichiometry calculations and physical properties analysis
  • Campus tour or science based tour
  • Chemistry mini-lecture
  • Admissions information panel
  • Free time to explore campus (if requested)

We also offer consulting and chemistry workshops for chemistry educators, scheduled as requested.  It is our goal to create an open and inviting chemistry community to enhance the communication between the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo and chemistry teachers in Ontario. 

For further information about our outreach program, special requests, or general inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at chemistry.outreach@uwaterloo.ca, or by calling Dr. Laura Ingram at 519-888-4567 extension 30273.