Welcome to the Science Notes and Projects site, where you’ll find experiments, projects, and notes for all scientific disciplines and educational levels. We make all kinds of printable periodic tables and periodic table wallpapers. Here’s a look at what’s new and some current science projects:
The Latest Science Notes News
I’ve been busy adding reader-requested content! Be sure to check the latest posts for the full rundown of what’s new.
Recent articles include how to shrink a quarter using electricity, how fire works in space. and a baby wipe tie dye project. Readers have requested I up my fractal game by animating them, so I figured out the technique. Here’s my first effort:
New Periodic Table Poster
Todd completed his latest masterpiece. This periodic table is too large to offers as a printable. It makes a poster that is nearly 4 feet wide by 3 feet high. We also put it on duvet covers, scarves, and whatnot, though I think the poster is where it truly shines. The periodic table is semi-transparent, over a brightly-colored space background. What do you think?
Todd is working on a super duper periodic table with a space theme that I hope to show you soon. I made more “productive” use of my time by setting a cookie sheet on fire in the hallway so I could take pictures of colored fire. I’m about ready to get a new phone and want a case that shows real colored fire (not computer trickery), plus I want to upgrade my wardrobe. I tested an idea for a skirt using the fire photo from the Science Notes logo and then I moved on to designs using new images. What do you think? You can find these designs over at my Redbubble store. Todd has some nifty periodic table swag there, too, although we’re still testing big periodic table posters. We want to make sure they print super-clear. Oh, and in case you want to set fires in your hallway (or lab), here’s the tutorial. I made little piles in a row of emergency flare innards (red), a gap (to get orange), table salt (yellow), borax (green), a gap (blue fuel flame color), and potassium nitrate (purple). I dribbled hand sanitizer over it and lit it. Easy peasy and not scary. I promise. Let me know if you want camera setting ideas. That’s a bit trickier, but not too hard.
Or, you could use sugar or salt or any of the usual suspects for growing crystals. There’s a vase of crystal flowers on my kitchen counter. They sparkle and no one has to water them. Win!
No Name Periodic Table
The periodic table without names is likely the addition of interest to the most readers. This table is available either colored (with groups) or black and white (no groups indicated), with symbols, atomic numbers, and atomic weights, but no element names. This is a good periodic table to use for quizzes. Feel free to print them and hand them out.
Periodic Table for Kids (or anyone really)
I got an e-mail asking for a periodic table with the atomic weights rounded to two decimal points, to make it easier for students to manage calculations without stressing over significant figures. This new table is available in color or black and white. PDF files are also available.
How To Make Glowing Jewelry
As some of you know, when I’m not writing about science, I like to make jewelry. Here’s a project that combines art and science to make rings that glow in the dark. These rings look like quartz or crystal in the light, but glow brilliantly in the dark… all night long.
New Printable Worksheet
We’ve added a new printable worksheet. This one connects the names of common acids to their chemical formulas. You can print both the worksheet and the answer key.
Print a Printable Periodic Table
This new printable periodic table is fresh for the 2015-2016 academic year. It contains the latest IUPAC atomic mass values and has been optimized to print and resize cleanly. We’ve updated the information to reflect the most recent element data. Be sure to check out the interactive periodic table for more detailed information about specific elements.
Science Fair Help
We’ve started adding science fair resources. Doing a science project this year? I’ve also got extensive project resources over at About.com Chemistry, including loads more project ideas and explanations of variables.
Lists of Things That Glow
Yes, I have a fascination with light and color! Here are two lists for you. One covers things that glow under black light (fluorescent or phosphorescent), while the other covers things that glow when the lights go out and it’s truly dark. Some items produce luminescence both ways:
This table is the updated version of the original color periodic table I did for About Chemistry and the launch of Science Notes. Due to my stellar skills of file management, I thought the original tile colors were gone forever, but I found them in the wrong directory on my backup drive. I was then able to correct the heading on Group 1 and correct the atomic weights on several elements. I’ve added a couple of fun color variations of this periodic table. Check it out!
We’ve got a new extremely detailed periodic table, for those who want to see all their facts at a single glance. This table covers element state of matter, electron configuration, electron shells, element symbol, element name, atomic mass, group, period, and maybe some other stuff. We just kept adding facts until we ran out of room!
I’ve had a big collection of free lab safety signs you could download and print over at About.com Chemistry, but a year or two ago, they disabled right-clicking the images. So, I’ve started adding the signs over here. You can save them and print them for your lab, your room, etc.
Essential Chemistry Charts and Tables
Sometimes it’s just easier to have a printout of important information. While we’ve had periodic tables since forever, here are a couple new additions you may find helpful. These tables are available as PDF files. You can save these and print them out at your convenience:
- Alphabetical List of the Chemical Elements
- Table of Important Constants
- Rare Earth Elements
- Valences of the Elements
- Electron Configurations of the Elements
- Understand Wedge and Dash Notation
Please let us know if there are specific tables or charts you’d like to see. We’re happy to add them — just helps to know what you need
Science Demonstrations and Projects
Here are some of the new projects recently added to Science Notes:
- Different Ways To Make Slime
- Extract Your Own DNA from Cheek Cells
- Start a Fire Without a Match
- Make Soap in a Test Tube
- Make Fizzy Bath Bombs
- See How an Emulsifier Works
- Make a Crystal Undersea Garden
- Grow Crystals on a Starfish
Are you one of those people who enjoys being a treasure trove of random and mostly useless trivia? If so, you may enjoy my (ever-growing) collection of weird science facts. If you have a fact you’d like to see added, feel free to post a reply.
The most popular periodic table on the site is fresh and up-to-date with the latest IUPAC facts and figures. Need to print a table? This is a good choice. It has the element name, symbol, atomic mass, group, atomic number, etc.
We’ve added a little humor with a collection of science and math jokes. Spend a little time laughing (or groaning) at the lighter side of science. You’re welcome to post a reply to tell your own science joke!
Trigonometry Help at Science Notes
Learn to love the triangle. Trigonometry is one of the scientist’s basic tools in their mathematics toolbox. Here are a couple of useful printable reference sheets with trig relationships, special triangles and trig identities. Got requests for trig content? Let us know. We both have degrees in math.
We’ve started adding quizzes to the site. Each quiz has a leaderboard, so you can see if you do better than your friends. You’d think we’d be able to ace quizzes we wrote, but that is not always the case. Therefore, it’s unlikely you’ll see either of our names at the top of the list. Hah!
- General Science Quiz
- 6th Grade Science Quiz
- 20 Questions Chemistry Quiz
- Periodic Table Trends Quiz
- Scientific Method Quiz
- Element Picture Quiz – Printable
- Chlorine Element Facts Quiz
Periodic Table Trends
Metals, Metalloids and Nonmetals
This periodic table shows the elements and locations of the metals, metalloids and nonmetals. It also lists the common properties of metals, metalloids and nonmetals. You can print out the table the same as any of the periodic tables on the site.
List of Metals
This is a list of the elements considered to be the metal elements along with a periodic table highlighting these elements and their common properties.
List of Metalloids
This is a list of the elements considered to be the metalloid or semimetal elements. It also contains a periodic table highlighting the metalloids and their common properties.
List of Nonmetals
This is a list of all the nonmetal elements, their location on the periodic table and the properties of a nonmetal.
I love doing science projects! Here are some new projects, plus some old favorites:
- Homemade Black Snake Fireworks
- How To Crystallize a Real Rose
- Make a Tabletop Green Fire Tornado
- Rainbow Density Column
- 5 Ways To Make a Chemical Volcano
- Make Colored Soap Bubbles
- 2 Ways To Make Green Fire
How To Grow Crystals
I’ve added a bunch of new crystal-growing projects for you. Instructions range from crystals grown with home chemicals to easy lab chemical crystals to try. Here are some recent additions:
- Grow Sugar Crystals
- Grow Purple Chrome Alum Crystals
- Charcoal Crystal Garden
- Grow a Crystal Geode
- Grow Table Salt Crystals
- What To Do If Crystals Won’t Grow
Our Very First Periodic Table Wallpaper
This was the first table we added to the site and it’s still one of the most popular. The colors are bright, but not too bright, and the text is easy to read. This one prints quite nicely and looks lovely on a monitor.