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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 26, 2009

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.2

Version 2.0.2 introduces minor improvements to eNotes and some of the InfoWindow buttons.

General

Date Added March 9, 2011
Version 2.0.2

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Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

pElement is an interactive reference tool on the periodic table. It features user selectable skins, 12 colored maps, find element tool, unit conversion tool, element index, and data index. The program contains extensive information on the elements including melting point, boiling point, density (solid, liquid and gas phases), year discovered, polarizability, oxidation states, X-ray energies, electron configuration, temperature coefficient of resistivity, crystal structures and lattice parameters of all stable phases at atmospheric pressure (190+ total phases), and half-lives and decay modes of 660+ radioactive isotopes. Extended features include a list of 23 fundamental constants, illustration of the activity series of metals, metric system prefixes, historical summary of superconducting materials and eNotes on chemistry fundamentals (2 modules). eNotes are colorfully illustrated electronic study guides which allow one to quickly review fundamental scientific concepts.