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Spectra of the elements


Spectra of the elements

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This applet displays the periodic table of elements. It allows one to look up the spectra of the elements. Both emission and absorption lines are accessible. Clicking on an element will show its line spectrum (as a neutral species). Cursor interrogation allows the wavelengths of various features to be measured. Note: This is a JDK 1.1 applet which is fairly large as the line list database is also downloaded.
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Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: November 21, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 04, 2008
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Submitter: Ed Blackburn


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Avatar for Scott Sinex
8 years ago

Scott Sinex (Faculty)

A excellent tool for enhancing the coverage of spectra!!!
Used in course

Avatar for Steven F. Watkins
15 years ago

Steven F. Watkins (Faculty)

1. & 4. I spent a few minutes trying different elements. It's easy to use and
self-explanatory (if you understand the idea of atomic spectra). I especially
like having both emission and absorption.
2. This is an ideal supplement to any presentation of atomic spectra. I would
discourage additional text with this application that tries to explain the
subject; leave that up to individual instructors.
3. I intend to use this the next time I present atomic spectra in my class
intro-chem. I hope it will be effective. I may also use in in advanced

Technical Remarks:

This application works well with Internet Explorer, but poorly or not at all
with Netscape v4.72 (on my Mac). Is that because the JAVA has some quirks in it
that Netscape cannot understand? Maybe the author could look into that and
produce a Netscape-friendly version.