Budding chemists will enjoy using pElement to learn all about the periodic table of elements. This interactive program boasts a simple layout, several excellent tools, and an impressive collection of facts and figures.
The program's interface brought us back to chemistry class, as it is primarily just the periodic table. All the information embedded within each element was easy to access, and we never felt the need to seek guidance from the Help file or a tutorial. We simply clicked on one of the elements, and a box popped up with its basic information, like its periodic number and atomic weight. Above it, we were able to select five categories that showcased more depth. These included General Physical Properties (melting point, sublimation point), Chemical Information (atomic radius, oxidation states), Electron Information (Configuration, binding energy), Nuclear Information (number of isotopes, neutron scattering length), and Crystal Structure Information. All were laid out in clean columns and easily read. The program's finest feature provided more periodic table depth as well. A small menu let us sort the elements by Physical States, Isotopes, Element Classes, and more. This tool constantly impressed us with its simplicity and technical depth, and it will make a great tool for any chemistry student.
The publisher claims pElement's functionality is limited during its trial, but we encountered no limitations. It installs desktop icons without permission and leaves folders behind after uninstall. We recommend this program, thanks to its data and ease of use.