The World of Chemistry MEGABUNDLE

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    Journey through the exciting world of chemistry with Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann as your guide. The foundations of chemical structures and their behavior are explored through computer animation, demonstrations, and on-site footage at working industrial and research labs. This series was produced in 1988.

    This resource is a question set to accompany the episode described below. The episode’s YouTube video is linked in the episode title below and in the Google Docs files. I have established a convenient episode index page for The World of Chemistry. Episodes are also available on the Internet Archive. Transcripts can be found at the Internet Archive. Roald Hoffmann has a World of Chemistry web page.


    1. THE WORLD OF CHEMISTRY (24 questions)

    The relationships of chemistry to the other sciences and to everyday life are presented. [The Internet Archive’s transcript does not match the video episode.]

    2. COLOR (24 questions)

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


    The distinction between accuracy and precision and its importance in commerce and science are explained.

    4. MODELING THE UNSEEN (24 questions)

    Models are used to explain phenomena that are beyond the realm of ordinary perception.

    5. A MATTER OF STATE (23 questions)

    Matter is examined in its three principal states—gases, liquids, and solids—relating the visible world to the submicroscopic.

    6. THE ATOM (24 questions)

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

    7. THE PERIODIC TABLE (28 questions)

    The development and arrangement of the periodic table of elements is examined.

    8. CHEMICAL BONDS (25 questions)

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

    9. MOLECULAR ARCHITECTURE (26 questions)

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

    10. SIGNALS FROM WITHIN (22 questions)

    Chemists' knowledge of the interaction of radiation and matter is the basis for analytical methods of sensitivity and specificity.

    11. THE MOLE (23 questions)

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

    12. WATER (24 questions)

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

    13. THE DRIVING FORCES (23 questions)

    Endothermic and exothermic reactions are investigated and the role of entropy is revealed.

    14. MOLECULES IN ACTION (23 questions)

    Observing molecules during chemical reactions helps explain the role of catalysts. Dynamic equilibrium is also demonstrated.

    15. THE BUSY ELECTRON (24 questions)

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

    16. THE PROTON IN CHEMISTRY (24 questions)

    Demonstrations explain pH and how it is measured, and the important role of acids and bases.

    17. THE PRECIOUS ENVELOPE (24 questions)

    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 (23 questions)

    Silicon, a cornerstone of the high-tech industry, is one of the elements of the Earth highlighted in this program.

    19. METALS (25 questions)

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

    20. ON THE SURFACE (25 questions)

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

    21. CARBON (24 questions)

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

    22. THE AGE OF POLYMERS (23 questions)

    How chemists control the molecular structure to create polymers with special properties is explored.


    The program examines proteins—polymers built from only 20 basic amino acids.

    24. THE GENETIC CODE (25 questions)

    The structure and role of the nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, are investigated.

    25. CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (26 questions)

    Dump site waste management demonstrates chemistry's benefits and problems.

    26. FUTURES (26 questions)

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

    Lessons of Phyz advantages:

    • A heavy font ensures high legibility even in dim lighting
    • Questions are designed to be answered while the video plays—quick, simple responses keep students engaged without requiring deep reflection that would take them out of the presentation
    • Question types are mixed: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and short answer are common; in some cases, matching or simple illustrations are involved
    • "Play to the buzzer": the last question in the set is answered during the final seconds of the video
    • I am a classroom teacher; I design resources for use with high school students
    • If you find competing products online, by all means check them out. They may be cheaper; they may be free. None of them will be as professional, polished, or classroom-ready as this one.

    The Google Docs files provided in this product are suitable for use online for remote instruction and make-up work and/or for printing and photocopying for in-person instruction. They are ready to use whichever way you need to use them.

    If you enjoyed The World of Chemistry, take a look at Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions. Videos available at Annenberg Learner. It consists of 13 half-hour episodes and was produced in 2014 by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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