The World of Chemistry Program Descriptions

Entire Series: 26 half-hour video programs

1: The World of Chemistry The relationships of chemistry to the other sciences and to everyday life.

2: Color The search for new colors in the mid-1800s boosted the development of modern chemistry.

3: Measurement: The Foundation of Chemistry The distinction between accuracy and precision and their importance in commerce and science.

4: Modeling the Unseen Models are used to explain phenomena that are beyond the realm of ordinary perception.

5: A Matter of State Matter is examined in its three principal states--gases, liquids, and solids; relating the visible world to the submicroscopic.

6: The Atom Viewers journey inside the atom to appreciate its architectural beauty and grasp how atomic structure determines chemical behavior.

7: The Periodic Table The development and arrangement of the Periodic Table of Elements is examined.

8: Chemical Bonds The differences between ionic and covalent bonds are explained by the use of scientific models and examples from nature.

9: Molecular Architecture The program examines isomers and how electronic structure of a molecule's elements and bonds affects its shape and physical properties.

10: Signals from Within Chemists' knowledge of the interaction of radiation and matter is the basis for analytical methods of sensitivity and specificity.

11: The Mole Using Avogadro's law, the mass of a substance can be related to the number of particles contained in that mass.

12: Water The special chemical properties of water are explored, along with the need for its protection and conservation.

13: The Driving Forces Endothermic and exothermic reactions are investigated and the role of entropy is revealed.

14: Molecules in Action Observing molecules during chemical reactions helps explain the role of catalysts. Dynamic equilibrium is also demonstrated.

15: The Busy Electron The principles of electrochemical cell design are explained through batteries, sensors, and a solar-powered car.

16: The Proton in Chemistry Demonstrations explain pH, how it is measured and the important role of acids and bases.

17: The Precious Envelope The earth's atmosphere is examined through theories of chemical evolution, ozone depletion, and the greenhouse effect are explained.

18: The Chemistry of the Earth Silicon, a cornerstone of the high-tech industry, is one of the elements of the earth highlighted in this program.

19: Metals Malleability, ductility, and conductivity are examined, along with methods for extracting metals from ores and blending alloys.

20: On the Surface Surface science examines how surfaces react with each other at the molecular level.

21: Carbon The versatility of carbon's molecular structures and the enormous range of properties of its compounds are presented.

22: The Age of Polymers How chemists control the molecular structure to create polymers with special properties is explored.

23: Proteins: Structure and Function The program examines proteins--polymers built from only 20 basic amino acids.

24: The Genetic Code The structure and role of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA are investigated.

25: Chemistry and the Environment Dump-site waste management demonstrates chemistry's benefits and problems.

26: Futures Interviews with leaders from academia and industry explore the frontiers of chemical research.

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