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Ch 2: Atom: General Chemistry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Atom chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach atomic structure in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Atom chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The atom and early atomic theory Proton, neutron, electron, atomic number, mass number; findings of Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan
Tuesday Isotopes and Avogadro's Number Proton, neutron, atomic weight; Avogadro's number and its calculations, mole
Wednesday Electron configurations Energy level, s-block, p-block, f-block
Thursday Quantum numbers Atomic orbital, principal, angular momentum, magnetic, spin
Friday Bohr's Model Principal quantum number, energy level, ground state, photon, electromagnetic radiation, atomic spectrum, the Rutherford model

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Atom: General Chemistry Lesson Plans
Atomic Number and Mass Number

1. Atomic Number and Mass Number

Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything around you. In order to really understand how atoms combine to form molecules, it's necessary to be familiar with their structure. In this lesson, we'll dissect atoms so we can see just what really goes into those little building blocks of matter.

Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

2. Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

Imagine firing a bullet at a piece of tissue paper and having it bounce back at you! You would probably be just as surprised as Rutherford when he discovered the nucleus. In this lesson, we are going to travel back in time and discuss some of the major discoveries in the history of the atom.

Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

3. Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

When you drink a glass of water, you are actually drinking a combination of heavy water and light water. What's the difference? Is it harmful? This video will explain the difference between the two types of water and go into detail on the significance of the different isotopes of elements.

Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

4. Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

How do we move from the atomic world to the regular world? Because atoms are so tiny, how can we count and measure them? And what do chemists celebrate at 6:02 AM on October 23rd each year? In this lesson, you will be learning how Avogadro's number and the mole can answer these questions.

Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

5. Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

This lesson will explain what the electrons are doing inside the atom. Tune in to find out how we specify where they are located and how this location description will help us predict an element's properties.

Four Quantum Numbers: Principal, Angular Momentum, Magnetic & Spin

6. Four Quantum Numbers: Principal, Angular Momentum, Magnetic & Spin

Each atom inside of an electron has its own 'address' that consists of four quantum numbers that communicate a great deal of information about that electron. In this lesson we will be defining each quantum number and explaining how to write a set of quantum numbers for a specific electron.

The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

7. The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

Do you ever wonder where light comes from or how it is produced? In this lesson, we are going to use our knowledge of the electron configurations and quantum numbers to see what goes on during the creation of light.

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