The sciences have not always been my strong suit, but I’ve found mastering chemistry a breeze thanks to studying the dynamic periodic table of elements using apps! Is mastering chemistry just for science majors? Heck no! At least, not according to these easy-to-use reference tables! Whether I wanted to download a printable periodic table of the elements with names or study chemistry regents with an interactive periodic table online, these organic apps helped me do it.
I’ve been amazed at the improvement of my understanding, and I wanted to be able to share the secret to my success with you! As I was exploring potential apps online (I wanted something that I could have with me at all times and my phone never leaves my side, so apps made perfect sense), I discovered a website that produces a list of the top 10 apps in a bunch of categories.
In order to make this easier for you, I’ve listed my favourite three apps below!
Improve Your Understanding and Speed with Socratic
Something that used to happen to me all the time: I’m stuck on a single chemistry homework question for hours – ugh – only to realize I still have 30 more questions to go. This is when Socratic becomes a real life-saver. You can get homework help – yes, the one right in front of you – on your phone! How? Snap a picture of your homework using Socrates, and their AI (Artificial Intelligence) system will find the correct answer. And, if that’s not helpful enough (believe it or not), the app then figures out which concepts you need the most help with in order to learn the answer next time.
Navigation is completely intuitive and easy to use! I never once questioned if I was going to be pressing the wrong button or where the answers would be displayed. Are you having trouble finding the exact answer to the problem you’re working on? I had this issue a time or two. Turns out, Socratic may not always be able to find your exact question in its database.
However, the developers are pulling questions and solutions from so many different sources, Socratic is actually really good at finding similar problems for you to use as examples. Then all you have to do is take what you learn and apply it to your problem. In my experience, this is not the most efficient approach, but it really helps solidify different equation types in your mind.
Control the Data You See with Periodic Table
If you’re looking for an interactive and customizable periodic table, Periodic Table would be my top recommendation. What’s really nice about it is that it allows you to have control over what you see in the app and what you use it for primarily. In my opinion, nothing is quite as frustrating or exhausting as being overwhelmed with tons of information you don’t need while trying to pick out that one piece of info you do. With Periodic Table, you get to choose the data you want to see.
Not to mention, you can also find individual videos and podcasts that relate the elements to real-world applications. So convenient! Periodic Table by Royal Society of Chemistry goes above and beyond; there really is not another app out there quite like it. If Periodic Table’s biggest pro is that it contains tons and tons of useful information, then its biggest con is that it can sometimes run a tad slow because of all this data.
Generally speaking, once the app has fully loaded, it tends to run smoothly; you just might have to wait a minute for the loading to be complete. That being said, in my personal opinion, the wait is totally worth it because of all the information you get in one place.
Solve Chemical Equations with the Help of Chemistry
If it were up to me, this chemistry companion would be in the hands of every chemistry student or proud, a self-proclaimed nerd. If you are looking for a chemistry reference table, this periodic table of elements and its solubility chart will always be at your fingertips. What’s nice about it is that you can quickly and easily look up chemical reactions, calculate molar masses, and get help solving chemical equations with one or several unknown variables.
Chemistry even helps with both organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Just like me, you’ll be shocked at how useful and user-friendly it is. Now, something you might want to keep in mind: if you have a younger generation of the app, the graphic design and layout of Chemistry may not be up to par with what you’re used to on your mobile device.
Its simple, functional design looks just like a mini-textbook, which makes sense as its intended use is to help you with your studies, not to keep you entertained.
I have honestly been astounded at how helpful apps are in the field of Chemistry. As it turns out, the subject can be tons of fun as long as you have the right resources! It takes concentration and understanding to achieve your desired outcome in the lab, so you need to make sure you’ve got the right tools to help you out.
Even if you never plan to wear a white lab coat to work, you might, at the very least, do some baking in your lifetime. Yes, you read that right. Baking a cake is pure chemistry! I’m confident that these three apps – my personal favourites and number-one recommendations – will make all of your attempts at chemistry a success!