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In Fascinating Intro to Chemistry, Dr. Margulies gives students an introduction to intramolecular bonding.  The method that atoms use to bond together and make molecules determines the properties of the resulting molecule.  Understanding these bonds is crucial to understanding chemistry.  Join Dr. Margulies for a fascinating introductory course.

Get a jump on learning Chemistry 

In Fascinating Intro to Chemistry, Dr. Margulies gives students an introduction to intramolecular bonding.  The method that atoms use to bond together and make molecules determines the properties of the resulting molecule.  Understanding these bonds is crucial to understanding chemistry.  Join Dr. Margulies for a fascinating introductory course.

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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 Intro to Chemistry – Course Content

Forces

  • Gravitational forces
  • Magnetic forces
  • Electrical charges
  • Moving electrical charge

Structure of the Atom

  • The first 2 atoms
  • The Hindenburg
  • Party balloon

The First 20 Elements

  • The Periodic Table
  • Lithium
  • Berillium
  • Boron
  • Carbon
  • Nitrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Flourine
  • Neon
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Aluminum
  • Silicon
  • Phosphorus
  • Sulfur
  • Chlorine
  • Argon
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

Electrical Charges

  • Electrons
  • Electrons repel
  • Electrons travel in pairs
  • Electrical neutrality
  • Van der Graaff generator
  • Removing valence electrons
  • Ions
  • Electricity
  • Electrons on yarn
  • Static electricity

Ionic Bond

  • Unfilled valence rings
  • The Ionic Bond

Properties of the Ionic Bond

  • Sodium chloride molecule
  • Polarity
  • Ionic bonds form solidst
  • Ionic crystals
  • Crystals crack easily
  • Dissolving ionic crystals

Causation

  • Issues of Causation
  • Exampes of Causation
  • Control group
  • Hypothesis
  • Predictions
  • Designing an experiment

Polar Covalent Bond

  • Capturing the cathode gas
  • Identifying gases
  • Making a water molecule
  • Arranging hydrogen atoms
  • Modifying the arrangement of hydrogen atoms

Properties of Polar Covalent Bond

  • Water molecules stick together
  • Water molecules continually move
  • Ice
  • Static electricity
  • Polarity of ionic molecules

Nonpolar Covalent Bond

  • Electrolysis of water
  • Oxygen
  • Neon gas

Properties of Nonpolar Covalent Bond

  • London dispersion forces
  • Gases expand
  • Steam
  • Gases have weight
  • Air pressure
  • Air has weight
  • Mole
  • Gas volume vs gas weight

Metallic Bond and its Properties

  • Metal atoms
  • Metal ion arrangement
  • Metals bend
  • Conductors of electricity
  • Alloys

The Nucleus

  • Protons
  • Graphing force of repulsion
  • Neutrons
  • Isotopes
  • Atomic weight
  • Radioactivity

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