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
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Atomic Number and Mass Number

1. Atomic Number and Mass Number

An atom is defined as the smallest particle of an element that displays the same properties of that element. Learn about the main components of an atom (protons, neutrons, & electrons), the characteristics of each component, and how to determine the atomic number and the mass number of an atom.

Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

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

The current knowledge of atoms and atomic theory has been informed by many scientists going back to Aristotle and Democritus. Learn about the contributions made to early atomic theory by scientists working in more recent times, such as Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Millikan.

Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

3. Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

Isotopes are variations of the same element with differing numbers of neutrons and, subsequently, different atomic masses. Learn how scientists consider isotopes when they calculate average atomic mass.

Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

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

Atoms are microscopic and challenging to count as a result. Learn about the importance of understanding the mole, which is simply a large number or quantity of something, also known as Avogadro's number, and how it helps scientists count large numbers of atoms.

Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

5. Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

Electron configuration is the representation of how the electrons in an atom are arranged, which can be used to predict the properties of an element. Learn about patterns of energy levels in elements on the periodic table, how to identify the number of electrons in a neutral atom, and how to write an electron configuration for neutral atoms.

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

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

Quantum numbers describe specific properties of an electron. Learn about atomic orbital, the four quantum numbers (principal, angular momentum, magnetic, and spin), and how to write quantum numbers based on electron configuration.

The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

7. The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

The Bohr model of the atom established the existence of a positive nucleus surrounded by electrons in specific energy levels. As electrons move from higher-energy to lower-energy levels, energy in the atom is released in the form of photons. Learn about the Bohr Model, atomic spectra, and how electrons emit different colors of light.

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