New Products from IUPAC
and Academic Software
At the Berlin General Assembly, a celebration marked the
completion of two projects. Two new products, a 32-bit Windows version
of the IUPAC Stability Constants Database and the SolEq
tutorials on Solution Equilibria, result from further collaboration
between Academic Software (UK) and IUPAC Commission V.6.
SC-Database is the Fourth Release of the highly successful
IUPAC Stability Constants Database. The interrogation software, including
the speciation package and calculations for dependence on ionic strength
and temperature, has been completely rewritten to take full advantage
of the 32-bit facilities of Delphi 4. The database now covers the
mainstream literature up to and including 1998.
SolEq presents a totally new concept for teaching solution
equilibria and environmental chemistry. It contains 27 tutorials on
solution equilibria. Eight software packages provide the student/researcher
with the tools necessary to complete equilibrium calculations on complex
systems. SolEq links theory with calclations and applications such
as acid rain, soil weathering, metals in natural waters, blood plasma,
and chelation therapy. SolEq tutorials have a softbook format. Exercises
link interactively with the software packages. Topics include acids-bases-buffers
(3 tutorials), redox and electron activity (3), metal-ligand systems
(6), energetics (2), heterogeneous equilibria (3), titration simulations
(2), and speciation calculations. Software packages provide a powerful
speciation program (Species), a subset of SC-Database, buffer calculations,
simulation of acid-base and metal-ligand titrations, and correction
of log K for I and T.
The principal target group is senior undergraduates, but
SolEq is also invaluable to researchers and nonspecialists who require
equilibrium modeling skills.
Marketing is by Academic Software. For further information,
downloadable demonstration tutorials, and purchasing information,
see Academic Software website @ http://www.acadsoft.co.uk