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Vol. 30 No. 4
July-August 2008

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Development of an Isotopic Periodic Table for the Educational Community

The objective of this project is to clarify the role of isotopes in chemistry and other sciences. With assistance from the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE), this project and a follow-on project will develop learner-oriented materials on an interactive periodic table that emphasizes the existence of isotopes and the role of isotopic compositions of elements.

In order to capture the attention and interest of students and teachers at the primary, secondary, and tertiary educational levels, there is a need to make creative use of a wide range of media. Working with CCE, a periodic table will be developed that will provide a wide range of isotopic based information (e.g., number of stable and unstable isotopes, representative isotopic composition, and atomic weight values). Information, case studies, and other links about the application of isotopes to chemistry and other sciences will also be provided. CCE will provide input on topics of interest to students and will provide advice on the types of interactions, while other task group members will provide the scientific data. Advice will be sought on the best educational strategies to capture and hold students’ attention. Both online and paper based versions of the materials will be developed.

For more information and comments, contact Task Group Chair Norman E. Holden <holden@bnl.gov>.

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