The first time I had to do more than just glance at the table of elements was when I was taking up Chemistry in my junior year of high school. The rows and columns of elements intimidated me but I was thankful that I could bring a copy of the table with me during our quizzes and long examinations. Five years later, I faced the table again, this time for my licensure examination in Chemical Engineering. But the situation wasn't as lucky as before: no tables were to be brought inside the examination room, which meant that I had to commit the entire table to memory. Yikes!
I was browsing through the iTunes App Store when I saw a cute little icon with a big fat blob right smack in the middle. I'm always a sucker for goofy icons so I tapped on the screen and was taken to the details page of The Elementals. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the app was actually a juiced up and fully-functional version of the table of elements! I had found the app that I needed the most–by accident.
The Elementals iPod App - 1
I admit, I'm a sucker for adorably packaged educational materials and I probably would've gotten this app even if I didn't need to memorize it. The Elementals starts up with a pastel-themed splash screen and displays the complete table of elements in a neat white background. The elements are color-coded based on their classifications: sky blue for the alkali metals, lime green for the alkaline earth metals, olive green for the transition metals, and so on.
Tapping on an element in the table will highlight its atomic number and symbol in the lower right portion of the screen. Giving the enlarged element box another tap will take you to a more detailed view for the element that you've chosen.
The detailed element view will show you the element's classification, symbol, and atomic weight. You also have a neat visualization of the element with its revolving electrons in the middle of the screen. This elemental blob noticeably grows bigger and bulkier as you move towards the heavier elements with larger atomic numbers.
You don't have to be a Chemistry major in order to enjoy having this app on your device. The Elementals is definitely a handy resource to have and the fact that it's available free of charge doesn't hurt, either.
Download The Elementals app here: iTunes App Store