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The Elements in Action

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 12+

About The Elements in Action

Elements is one of the best periodic elements app that brings back the metal and gases to life with some incredible footage of chemical elements filmed by BAFTA award winner Max Whitby. Every element in the periodic table is literally bursting with activity, displaying a teaser video that illustrates each element's unique properties or uses.

Teacher Review

It's an interesting look at the elements from BAFTA award winner Max Whitby and Theodore Gray, author of the popular book and app The Elements. 

When you click on an element, you can watch a short video that showcases a unique property of the element. An accompanying description provides you with some interesting facts on that element and how it is used in the real world. 

The app is intuitive, easy to navigate and a great tool for explaining what can often be a difficult topic to explain to students where chemical elements are not available in a classroom situation. There are many periodic table apps available but this is by far one of the best and although the content is presented in a scientific manner the videos will appeal to all key stages.

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The periodic table comes to life with 79 video explorations of the weird, wonderful, and sometimes alarming properties of the elements. Filmed by BAFTA award winner Max Whitby in partnership with Theodore Gray, author of the iconic book and app The Elements, and previously available only in a few museum installations, this is the most beautifully filmed collection videos ever assembled to explore and explain what makes each element unique and fascinating.

What happens when highly reactive rubidium is dropped into water? Or when a cannonball is placed in a pool of mercury? The Elements in Action shows you one definitive demonstration for (almost) every element, ranging from the bizarre to the sublime, all assembled in one place for you to view in the comfort and safety of your iPad, with very little danger of death by fire, dismemberment, or poisoning.

The Elements in Action works as a stand-alone app, but really shines when combined with the original app, The Elements: A Visual Exploration. Installed together, the two apps find each other and link together, allowing you to flip seamlessly between viewing the elements as objects of contemplation in the original, and objects of dynamic action in the second.

Touch Press is the publisher of twenty of the most widely admired apps in the world, including the original Elements app, a milestone in digital publishing, as well as Barefoot World Atlas, selected by Apple as one of the ten best apps ever created in the history of the App Store, and Disney Animated, the definitive living story of Disney animated movies.

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