Project: Compound Web Site
Chemistry I Cary Academy W.G. Rushin
For this project, you will design and construct a web site for a compound of your
choice. There are some required pieces of information, but I want to leave most of the
project to your own creative energies. You may hand code your pages or use an HTML editor.
Your web site may be used (minimum score = 85%) on AllAtoms.com which means it will be live on the Web
for all the world to see. Each compound web site must include at least the following
- compound name, formula, and molar mass
- picture of the compound (or a use of the compound)
- a 3-D model of the compound
- historical background/story of discovery (name, date, place, event or experiment, etc.)
- melting point and boiling point
- density in natural state
- where is it found? what is its natural abundance? how is it obtained?
- explanation of structure: percentage composition by mass, percentage composition by
number, type of bonding, etc.
- chemical properties/reaction tendencies
- uses and importance of the compound
- reference page
- your name at the bottom of the homepage (This site was created by ___)
- each linked page must have a link back to your homepage
- a link to my site (http://www.allatoms.com) from your homepage (but don't
Here is a list of some possible compounds. Feel
free to submit a request for a compound that is not on this list.
The web sites will be scored based on the quality and quantity of information they
contain as well as the organizational design and quality of presentation.
- Is the site informative? Can someone learn about the compound from the site? Is the
information well developed or just a list of "facts"?
- Amount of information. Presence of required information.
- Is the information correct?
- Is the site well organized? Is the information easy to find and read? Is the site
designed so that it is easy to navigate?
- Creative/Artistic appeal. Use of color and graphics.
- Spelling and grammar
This project will count 100 points in the lab report category. There will be two
evaluations of your project. For the first evaluation, you must submit your project folder
into my folder on the H drive. You must also submit a project flow chart and a scorecard.
The flow chart should diagram the entire site. The chart should show the organization of
all linked pages (using shapes connected by arrows) with the correct file name (with file
extension) and file size written beneath each page. Indicate the presence of image files on the pages by
listing their correct file name (with file extension) and file size inside the shape. I
have some example flow charts if you want to see them. The initial evaluation will count
60 points and I will provide you with a written scorecard which will document where points
were lost. You will have until the final due date to make changes and improve your site.
You must provide written record of all additions/improvements. The final evaluation will
count 40 points. If you choose not to make improvements to your site than your final score
will be the same percentage as that which you received in the first evaluation. The due
date for the first evaluation of the web sites will be ____________.
See the Scoring Rubric for this Project
- Be mindful of copyright laws. Bottom line - do not present the work of
others as your own. Cary Academy has a convenient copyright permission form
- Keep a running list of books, web sites, etc. that you use as resources so you can easily
construct a reference page at the end of the project. Trying to remember a website that
you accessed three weeks before will be difficult. All resources must be properly
referenced in MLA style. Having a copy of the Literary Survival Guide for Cary Academy
would be helpful in this respect.
- Both MS Word and Inspiration (found under English in programs) are excellent for making
quick and attractive flow charts.
- Individual files should be kept under 30 Kb with a total page load of 100 Kb or less
- Avoid a random list of undeveloped "facts". A few well-developed ideas is
preferable to a paragraph that mentions 100 uses of the compound, but does not explain any
of them. Telling the reader that the compound is "used in medicine" or is
"used in farming" is essentially worthless unless you explore how and why
the compound is used for these purposes. Develop the ideas - don't leave them vague!
- Focus on what makes your element interesting or unusual. Personalize your site. Don't
include properties when you don't know what they are (e.g. dipole moment).
- Copy and paste your page into MS Word and run the spell and grammar check or at least
run them through the spell checker in MS FrontPage Editor.
- It is generally preferable if the homepage does not require a lot of scrolling.
- When you want text and images to be neat, organized, and in a certain place - use a
table! Tables are very versatile for page layout purposes. The color of the table
background can be different from the page background. In fact, you can change the
background of each individual cell.
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