STEM Chemistry

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 quantum physics.



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.

Atoms and the Periodic Table (1 of 15)

Discovery of the Electron (Part 2 of 15)

The Discovery of the Atomic Nucleus (Part 3 of 15)

The Existence of Quarks (Part 4 of 15)

The Standard Model of Particle Physics (Part 5 of 15)

The Nature of Forces (Part 6 of 15)

Gravity and Electromagnetism (Part 7 of 15)

The Unification of Electricity and Magnetism (Part 8 of 15)

The Weak and Strong Nuclear Forces (9 of 15)

A Unified Theory of Forces (10 of 15)

The Weird Quantum World (11 of 15)

QED -- The Jewel of Physics (12 of 15)

Particle Accelerators and the Higgs Particle (13 of 15)

The Biggest Particle Accelerator Ever... (14 of 15)

High Hopes for the LHC (15 of 15)