In Fascinating Chemistry, you will learn the four ways that atoms bond to each other, and how each bond determines the properties of the resulting molecule. Understand the four bonds and the rest of chemistry will all make sense. 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!

The course lessons are laid out in a simple, easy to use table format with buttons below each picture for access to the lessons, text scripts, review, review scripts, and tests that correlate with each lesson. Click the buttons in the sample lesson about “The Structure of the Atom” to start.

The Structure

of the Atom

Fascinating Chemistry – Course Content

Intramolecular Bonding

  • Everything is made of atoms
  • The first 20 elements of the periodic table
  • Adding electrons to elements
  • Electrons
  • The nucleus
  • Defining an element
  • Proton repulsion
  • The Strong Force
  • Neutrons
  • Isotopes
  • Why atoms bond
  • Intramolecular bonding
  • Intermolecular bonding
  • Properties of molecules

The Ionic Bond

  • The atomic number
  • Valence electrons
  • How Ionic bonds form molecules
  • Reaching a lower energy level
  • Lattice Energy
  • Melting ionic crystals
  • Cracking a salt crystal
  • Ionic bonding between rows of the periodic table
  • Ionic bonds involving two elements
  • Giving electrons without ionic bonding
  • Pauling’s Electronegativity Chart
  • Atomic Size
  • Ionization energy
  • Electron affinity

The Covalent Bond

  • he Ionic Bond
  • The Covalent Bond
  • Gases
  • Oxygen and nitrogen molecules
  • Electronegativity difference in covalent bonds
  • Nonpolar hydrocarbons
  • London dispersion forces
  • Triglycerides
  • Weakening London Dispersion Forces

The Polar Covalent Bond

  • Giving away electrons
  • Pauling’s electronegativity chart
  • Hydrogen bond
  • Intramolecular and intermolecular bonds
  • Nonpolar molecules with polar bonds
  • Electrons travel in pairs
  • Unshared and shared electrons
  • Polarity strength
  • Polarity of molecules
  • Spectrum of intermolecular bonds

The Metallic Bond

  • The Metallic Bond
  • Metals in the Periodic Table
  • Transition metals
  • Electron shells
  • Arrangement of subshells
  • Subshell energy slots

The Metallic Bond

  • Metallic density
  • Metallic strength
  • Improving metallic strength
  • Metallic hardness
  • Metallic grains
  • Magnetism
  • Heat and electrical conduction
  • Metallic shininess


  • Types of energy
  • Heat versus temperature
  • Absolute zero
  • Ice’s specific heat capacity
  • Water’s heat of fusion
  • Water’s specific heat capacity
  • Water’s heat of vaporization
  • Steam’s specific heat capacity
  • Water’s ability to absorb heat
  • The energy of steam
  • Water’s boiling point
  • Heat transfer
  • Electromagnetic energy
  • Photons
  • Carbon dioxide and global warming
  • Hypothermia
  • Heat insulation
  • The Leidenfrost Effect

Properties of Water

    • Oil and water
    • Micelles and soap
    • Viscosity
    • Surface tension
    • Ice
    • Lowering the freezing point of water
    • Melting frozen ice
    • Density of water versus ice
    • Staying afloat
    • Density
    • Salt water versus fresh water

    Mass, Density, Weight, Pressure, and the Mole

    • Determining Atomic Mass
    • Determining the weight of one atomic mass unit
    • The concept of a mole
    • Deriving molecular and empirical formulas
    • Mass, density, weight, and pressure
    • Measuring gas pressure with a barometer
    • Measuring gas pressure with a manometer

    The Ideal Gas Law and the Behavior of Confined Gases

    • The Ideal Gas Law
    • The kinetic energy of a gas
    • Temperature’s effect on molecular velocity
    • Energy expressed in the ideal gas law
    • Using the ideal gas law
    • Electrolysis of water
    • Standard temperature and pressure
    • Partial pressure of gases
    • Vapor Pressure

    The Behavior of Unconfined Gases in the Atmosphere

    • Gases dissolved in water
    • The boiling point
    • Air pressure
    • Demonstrating the weight of air
    • Barometer
    • Changing the boiling point
    • Measuring altitude by measuring air pressure 
    • Pressure and density
    • Atmospheric gas density vs gas pressure
    • The Dew Point
    • Sweat


    • 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

    • Energy in a chemical reaction
    • Activated complex
    • Enthalpy and entropy
    • Predicting Gibbs Free Energy
    • Balancing chemical equations
    • Coefficients in a chemical reaction
    • Balancing moles and mass in chemical equations
    • Equilibrium state
    • LaChatelier’s Principle


    • Subshells
    • Slots within subshells
    • Subshell energy levels
    • Probability clouds
    • Aufbau Principle
    • Hund’s Rule
    • Pauli Exclusion Principle
    • Electron profiles
    • Ionization energies
    • Lewis Diagrams

    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
    • VSEPR
    • 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

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