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High Scool: Gases and their Properties



This guide will focus on high school level resources for the study of gases and their properties for grades 9-12.  For the most part, the subjects covered by this guide are those listed under the California Department of Education Standards.

Catalog Search Strategies

When looking for materials in the LAPL catalog, it is helpful to do a search using either the Subject Heading or Subject Browse option to target the most relevant items.  

(Example)  Gases

Each subject listed is a hyperlink that will connect you to a title list of items related to that specific subject.  This is the best way to locate materials that you may not already know about.  Items are listed in reverse chronological order with the most recently published or produced items listed first.


Chemistry by Heather R. Hattori and Marian L. DeWane, 2011. 175 pages. 540 H366

Series: Practice makes perfect.
This self-teaching guide could be recommended to students to help them increase their confidence.  It includes lessons, exercises and an answer key.  It covers matter, measurement, atomic structure and nuclear reactions, the periodic table, naming compounds and writing formulas, chemical reactions, mass and mole relationships, gas laws, solutions , acids and bases, and thermochemistry.

The chemistry problem solver : a complete solution guide to any textbook by the staff of Research and Education Association, 1996. 944 pages. 540.8 C5175

Covers every aspect of chemistry.  Presents 973 problems with their clearly outlined solutions.  This book is an excellent resource for learning challenging concepts. It could be recommended to students needing help with specific types of homework problems.  It is also a good test review book.  

Elements by Brian Knapp, 2002. 18 volumes. 546 K67 2002
These volumes are a systematic and comprehensive coverage of the chemistry of all the elements in an 18-volume set.  This is a good straightforward and visually appealing supplement to a textbook.  There is a glossary of technical terms, an extensive index, key facts, an explanation of the periodic table, and a description of how to interpret chemical equations.

The elements:  a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe by Theodore Gray, 2009. 240 pages. 546 G782
Beautifully illustrated, this book provides a large photograph of every element in its purest form.  Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each and the year and location in which it was discovered.  Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways

The periodic table by Becky Ham, 2007. 546 H198
Series: Essential Chemistry
This book is a straightforward supplement to a textbook for a high student looking to understand the history and function of the periodic table.


Properties of elements table produced and directed by NFL Films, 2004. DVD 546 P9655
Series: The periodic table for students
This volume explores the connection between the atomic structure of an element and its properties.  It is part of an excellent series teaching students how the periodic table was developed at how it is used.


LAPL pays the subscription fees so that library cardholders can access dozens of databases that provide not only reference information but images, timelines, primary documents, illustrations, study guides, etc.  You might find the following databases most helpful to locate resources for chemistry assignments.  You will need to enter your library card number and pin (last four digits of your phone number) to access our databases remotely.

is the electronic counterpart of the 20-volumer McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology including the Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks.  It contains full text of over 8,500 online articles written by experts in science and technology.  It also includes 13,000 illustrations and graphics, 110,000 definitions of technical terms and 2,00 biographies of well-known scientists.  It has a multimedia section including animated representation of chemical principles and video biographies.  Its contributors include more than 5,000 researchers including 36 Nobel Prize winners. 


Creative Chemistry, Nigel Saunders
This website includes worksheets and teaching notes for fun activities for students.
You will also find fun chemistry puzzles, interactive revision quizzes and molecular models.

Mark Rosengarten
This website is a list of chemistry teaching videos on you tube including music videos by New York High School Chemistry teacher Mark Rosengarten.
Collaborative project of the Central Bucks School District (PA, USA), The College of Education at Temple University (PA, USA), and Dr. George Mehler.
This website has high-quality, free, science interactive web lessons from all over the world.  It is organized with reference to the National Science Education Standards.

Teachers’ Domain – Unit on Gas Properties
Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.


Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers 2700 video lessons on subjects including chemistry.  All lessons and practice exercise are free.

High School Courses Developed by MIT
MITOpenCourseWare makes MIT courses including chemistry available to the public for free.  

Created by:
Jennifer Stapleton
Young Adult Librarian, San Pedro Regional Branch
May 2012