Atomic Structure Video Clips
Use will be made of several video clips over the course of the Atomic Structure unit. The video clips provide an informative and
entertaining presenation of the history of our attempt to understand
the structure of the atom. Enjoy!
Atoms: The Space Between
A short (~1 minute) clip describing the nature of the outer shells of an atom.
Crash Course in Chemistry: The Electron
In this ~13-minute video, Hank brings
us the story of the electron and describes how reality is a kind of
music, discussing electron shells and orbitals, electron
configurations, ionization and electron affinities, and how all these
things can be understood via the periodic table. Beginning around
4:30, Hank begins to talk about the details of quantum mechanics, the
orbitals, and the electron configuration for elements.
Wave-Particle Duality (TedED)
Wave-Particle Duality as the Basis of all Quantum Mechanics (TedED)
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
states that you can never simultaneously know the exact position and
the exact speed of an object. Why not? Because everything in the
universe behaves like both a particle and a wave at the same time. In
this ~5-minute video, Chad Orzel navigates this complex concept of
The Schrodinger Equation in Under 5 Minutes (Ahmed Malik)
Glenbrook South STEM student Ahmed Malik takes on the Schrodinger equation, explaining its connection to quantum mechanics.
What is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (TedEd)
The Uncertain Location of Electrons (TedED)
The tiny atoms that make up our world
are made up of even tinier protons, neutrons and electrons. Though the
number of protons determine an atom's identity, it's the electrons --
specifically, their exact location outside the nucleus -- that
particularly perplex scientists. George Zaidan and Charles Morton show
how to make an educated guess of where those itty-bitty freewheeling
electrons might be.
In Search of Giants with Brian Cox - 15 part Series
A series of 15 videos by High Energy
Physicist Brian Cox that journeys past the topic of atomic structure
and into the standard model of physics to explain the structure of
manner at the most fundamental level.