Learn Chemistry the Easy Way

In Fascinating Chemistry, you will learn the four ways that atoms bond to each other to create molecules, and how each bond helps determine the properties of the resulting molecule.

Join Dr. Margulies for a fascinating course as he helps you learn how these special properties explain our everyday world — from water freezing to nuclear energy to food to metals to weather, and more!

Learn Chemistry the Easy Way

In Fascinating Chemistry, you will learn the four ways that atoms bond to each other to create molecules, and how each bond helps determine the properties of the resulting molecule.

Join Dr. Margulies for a fascinating course as he helps you learn how these special properties explain our everyday world — from water freezing to nuclear energy to food to metals to weather, and more!

Each lesson has access buttons to the lesson, script, and online test. Click the buttons below the lesson to start the lesson, access the script, or try a test. Course lessons are laid out in a simple, easy to use table format with buttons.

Sample Chemistry Lesson

The Ionic Bond

The Ionic Bond

Not sure if you are quite ready for a full Chemistry course?  Try Intro to Chemistry first. The Intro to Chemistry course provides a strong foundation and clear understanding of how atoms bond – ideal for students beginning to develop an interest in science.

We are happy to answer any questions you have about our online science courses.  fascinator@fascinatingeducation.com

Chemistry is important because everything we are and do involves chemistry!

Chemical reactions are occurring all the time. So studying chemistry is really just studying everything. Chemistry  connects to and helps explain other sciences, such as biology and physics. An understanding of chemistry helps you make sense of the world around you. Dr. Margulies created this lesson to help explain the fundamentals of chemistry – in just a little over an hour.

If you’re a parent, this lesson will enable you to follow — and even guide — your child’s progress through chemistry. If you’re a student, the lesson will give you a heads up and a head start.

Chemistry in an Hour

Chemistry in an Hour

Fascinating Chemistry – Course Content

Intramolecular Bonding

  • The Periodic Table of Elements
  • Bohr Model of the Atom
  • Electrons, Protons, Neutrons, Nucleus
  • The Strong Force
  • Intramolecular Bond

The Ionic Bond

  • Law of Entropy
  • How Ionic bonds form molecules
  • Reaching a lower energy level
  • Polarity
  • Ionic bonds
  • Pauling’s Electronegativity Chart
  • Atomic Numbers

The Covalent Bond

  • Covalent Bonds
  • Gases
  • van der Waals forces

The Polar Covalent Bond

  • Giving away electrons
  • Polar covalent bonds
  • Intramolecular bonds hold atoms together.
  • Intermolecular bonds hold molecules together.
  • Polarity of a molecule
  • Dipoles

The Metallic Bond, Part 1

  • The Metallic Bond
  • Metals in the Periodic Table
  • Transition metals
  • Electron shells
  • Block groups of the Periodic Table
  • Electron configuration

The Metallic Bond, Part 2

  • Molecular movement in a metal
  • Metallic strength
  • Hard or soft?
  • Temperature and translational movement
  • Heat conduction


  • Sensing cold
  • Hypothermia
  • Heat insulation
  • The Leidenfrost Effect
  • States of water
  • Heat capacity
  • Latent heat of fusion
  • Vaporization
  • Steam

Air Pressure

  • The boiling point
  • Air pressure
  • Barometer
  • The strength of air pressure
  • Measuring altitude
  • Temperature and pressure

Properties of Water

  • Oil and water
  • Micelles and soap
  • Viscosity
  • Surface tension
  • Density
  • Displacing water
  • Salt water versus fresh water

The Mole

  • Comparing equal numbers of molecules
  • Lower the freezing point
  • Weighted average
  • Converting grams to moles
  • Converting moles to molecules
  • Converting moles to grams
  • Percentage weight
  • Empirical formula vs. actual formula


  • Coulomb’s Law
  • Kinetic energy
  • Ideal Gas Law
  • Electrolysis
  • Concentration vs. density
  • Standard temperature and pressure (STP)
  • Partial pressure of gas


  • Molarity
  • Molality
  • Mixtures
  • Freezing point depression
  • Colligative property
  • Phase diagram
  • Boiling point elevation
  • Acids and bases
  • Types of acids
  • Neutralization of acids and bases
  • Calculating pH

Chemical Reactions

  • Activation energy
  • Catalysts
  • Balancing equations
  • Stoichiometry
  • Coefficients
  • Equilibrium state
  • LeChatelier’s principle
  • Phase diagram
  • Equlibrium constant
  • Solubility product constant


  • Subshells
  • Slots within subshells
  • Energy levels within slots
  • Probability clouds
  • Aufbau Principle
  • Hund’s Rule
  • Pauli Exclusion Principle
  • Ionization energy
  • Lewis Diagrams
  • Hybrid bonds
  • VSEPR (Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion)
  • Molecular shapes

Molecular Geometry

  • Lewis Dot Diagrams
  • Lewis Dot Diagram Predictions
  • Filling the Valence Shell
  • Formal Charges
  • Forming sp3 Hybrid Bonds
  • Carbon sp2 Hybrid Orbitals Current
  • Sigma and Pi bonds
  • Nitrogen sp3 Hybrid Orbitals
  • Oxygen sp3 Hybrid Orbitals
  • Beryllium difluoride
  • Boron trifluoride
  • Molecular shapes
  • Diamonds
  • Isomers


  • Oxidation State
  • Redox
  • Voltage Cells
  • Reduction Potential
  • Calculating Potentials
  • Voltage
  • Current
  • Car Battery
  • Electroplating
  • Aluminum Oxide
  • Iron Rust
  • Fuel Cells


  • Formaldehyde, Phenol, and Bakelite
  • Ethylene and Polyethylene
  • Strengthening Polyethylene
  • Natural Polymers
  • Nylon
  • Rubber

The Nucleus

  • Solar energy
  • The Strong Force
  • Neutrons
  • Making helium
  • Making heavy elements
  • Binding energy
  • The Sun’s fuel

Final Review Problems

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