This unit is a look at the atom, the building block of matter. Scientists for the longest time were experimenting into matter to see how objects formed. While a lot of work has been done on this, it is still a theory with certain details still being worked out. 

We will learn about the basic parts and structure of the atom as well with some of the scientists that gave us this understanding.  We will learn about radiation and how scientists use basic properties of some atoms to help us in a variety of fields.

Table Code:  

IT - IsaacsTeach.  This is an online series of tutorials and guides to help with AP Chemistry Topics. They are very well done and align to our class quite well. 

MR - Mark Rosengarten.   This is similar to IsaacsTeach but covers some different topics.  These are often more entertaining than the usual science videos.

TT - Teacher Tools.  Teacher Tools is a set of reference materials, worksheets, and self-quizzes to assist in practice.

Q - Quizlet. This will be a link to a Quizlet on the topic.

Animation - A short clip usually under two minutes long.

PPT - This is an abbreviation for PowerPoint.  Some are originals and others are from other sources.

Podcasts - Podcasts are audio lectures on a topic. Practically all of them on this page are going to be original so it is a good way to reinforce a lecture.

PH - Resources with this code are from a previous textbook that I used.

A Short note about animations and videos.

There are several sources for a complete library of chemistry videos and animations.  For the tutorial videos, I have gone through many of the sources and have chosen two of them that I think are the best.   I looked for the ones that were the clearest, and most entertaining. 

The Atom

General Information & Reference

 Vocabulary List - Atoms & Electrons 
 Vocabulary List - Radioactivity
 Problem Set 
 Chapter Checklist for Chapter 4
 Summary of Main Types of Particles
 Notes on Light and Energy
 Notes on Quantum Numbers
 Notes on Nuclear Chemistry
 Notes on Electronic Structure
 Notes on the Atom
 Notes on Quantum Numbers # 2
 Notes on History of Nuclear Blasts
 Quantum Formulas
 Notes on Atomic Structure
 Reference: Types of Radioactive Particles
 Reference: Electron Configuration Sheet
 Reference: Orbital Diagram
 Reference: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
 HSCS: Intermolecular Forces Lecture Notes

PowerPoints & Podcasts

 Chapter 3
 PowerPoint:  Early Atomic Theory
 Podcast: Nucleus/Protons & Neutrons
 Podcast:  Early Atomic Theory
 Podcast:  Early Atomic Theory Pt. 2
 Podcast:  Structure of the Atom
 Podcast: Atomic Masses Counting by Weighing
 Podcast: The Mole
 Podcast: Formula Weight Calculations
 3.1  Podcast: Basic Laws of Chemistry
 3.3  Podcast: Counting Atoms
 Podcast: Mole Calculations
 Chapter 4
 PowerPoint: Parts of a Wave
 PowerPoint: Electromagnetic Spectrum
 PowerPoint: Quantum Numbers and Orbitals
 PowerPoint: Electron Configurations
 Podcast - Properties of Light                                       4.1a
 Podcast - Line Spectra and the Bohr Model                  4.1b
 Podcast - Electrons as Waves                                      4.2a
 Podcast - Atomic Orbitals and Quantum Numbers        4.2b
 Podcast - Theory of Electron Configurations                    4.3a
 Podcast - Writing Electron Configurations                          4.3b
 Podcast - Writing Electron Config.-Ions/Special Atoms  4.3c

Worksheets & Activities

 Electron Configurations # 1
 Electron Configurations # 2
 Atomic Structure # 1


 Q - Early Atomic Theory Scientists
 Q - Vocabulary Review - Atoms and Electrons


 Animation: An Introduction to Atoms
 Animation: Types of Orbitals
 Animation: Ionization Energy
 Animation: The Structure of Atoms
 Animation: Atomic Interactions
 Animation: Photoelectric Effect
 Animation: Wave on a String
 Animation:  Build an Atom
 Animation: Beta Decay
 Animation: Alpha Decay
 Animation: Isotopes and Atomic Mass
 Animation: Quantum Theory
 Animation: Microwaves
 Animation: Radio Waves/Electromagnetic Field
 Animation: Models of the Hydrogen Atom
 Animation: Molecules and Light
 Animation: Rutherford Simulation
 Animation: Radioactive Dating Game
 Animation: Nuclear Fission


 Movie: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
 Video: Balancing Nuclear Equations # 1
 Video: Balancing Nuclear Equations # 2
 Video: Half Life Calculations
 Movie: Electron Configurations # 1
 Movie: The Chemistry of Fireworks
 Video: Main Types of Radiation
 Video: Nuclear Stability
 Video: Fission v. Fusion
 Movie: Bohr Model of the Atom
 Movie: Development of the Atomic Model
 Movie: Metals, Nonmetals and Metalloids
 Video: Carbon-14 Dating

Tutorials - IsaacTeach


Tutorials - Mark Rosengarten


  Checklist for Chapter 19
 Balancing Nuclear Equations # 1 Balancing Nuclear Equations # 2
 Balancing Nuclear Equations # 3 Balancing Nuclear Equations # 4
 Balancing Nuclear Equations # 5 Half-lives # 1
 Half-lives # 2 Half-lives # 3
  Extra Credit: Mass Spectroscopy
  Table of Selected Radioactive Isotopes
 Notes on Half Life 
 PowerPoint on Chapter 19
 PH Section Review 1 PH Section Review 2
 PH Section Review 3 PH Section Review 4
 PH Guided Reading PH Vocabulary Review
 PH Practice Problems