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Thursday, April 3, 2014


I've had several emails and at least one comment from people asking about chemistry, and I am very sorry, but I do not plan to post videos for chemistry.
However, here are a few links you might be able to use.  Some are for videos.

► Intro to Chemistry videos and AP Chemistry videos
(scroll to the playlist you want and click View Full Playlist)
Here is what a full playlist looks like: Intro to Chemistry: Introductory Unit.  They are not in order, but the videos are numbered.  This one is "Intro to Chemistry: 1.1: Properties of Matter (1/2)."  So that means there is also a 1.1 (2/2).

► Khan Academy Chemistry - videos "roughly covering a first-year high school or college course"

► Periodic Table of Videos - a video for each element.  I think many show the actual element. =)

► Queensland Science Teachers - looks to be simple explanations, like charts and/or bullet statements.  May be good to print out for reference for whatever topic you're on.

Excellent video on balancing equations!!

► Periodic Table of Elements interactive online games at Jefferson Labs - practice identifying what the numbers and symbols mean on the periodic table, practice balancing equations and more.
Love this!

Here is my Pinterest Chemistry page, in case there might be a thing or two more that looks interesting.  There are a couple of pins to free chemistry curriculum.  Most things pinned here are just chemistry funnies that I found and wanted to save. =)

If kids are having trouble understanding something, it may be that they had missed a basic somewhere.  Videos, etc. can be a good refresher and/or a simple explanation that can help so much.

If I do chemistry this fall, it will be Chemistry 101 (available for purchase at, but I will only be doing it with my son and don't plan to have a class.  I didn't take chemistry in highschool, so this will all be new to me!  =)
If the Intro to Chemistry videos above already seem too easy for your student, then Chemistry 101 may not be for you except as a supplement for a more involved Chemistry curriculum.

My son has mild dyslexia as well as dyscalculia (has to do with math. For example, algebra problems or any problems with many steps, i.e. long division, are tedious and take lots of repetition in order to retain -- getting the steps done in order, not skipping steps, etc.), so when I heard that Chemistry 101 did not have math, I knew that even if we don't end up doing it for a full credit, he will enjoy this.

One question I have been asked several times is What will you be doing with Chemistry 101?

If Chemistry 101 is like Biology 101, I would say each DVD segment probably gives the basics, an overview, etc, to get a good idea of the chapter topic.  I would watch the Chemistry 101 DVD, then use what resources I had to delve in further where needed.
There are 19 video segments in Chemistry 101. =)  Biology 101 only had nine.

If you use Chemistry 101 as your base, be prepared to work finding materials to accompany the program.  (See sample assignments.)  The above links can give you a start.
We will be substituting some of the assignments with other things I find.

Besides the above video links, etc., my indefinite plans so far...

I want to get Apologia's elementary Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (sample pages) as well as their high school Chemistry.  I'm sure I will be doing some of their experiments.  =)
Also on my list are John Hudson Tiner's books Exploring the World of Chemistry [also available as pdf download] and Exploring the World of Physics [also available as pdf download].
I also want Physics 101!  We probably will just watch the DVDs sometime. =)
I just really want them all because I just love science and books so much! =)

Just a little extra for beginners.  Watch these videos in order.

1.  How to read an element on the periodic table - protons have a postive charge, and electrons have a negative charge, so there will be the same number of each to cancel each other out.
The protons and neutrons (neutral charge) are together in the nucleus, and added together they make up the atomic weight, that when rounded, is called the mass number.
If the mass number is 15 and there are 7 protons, then there are 8 neutrons.  Also you will know there are 7 electrons to match the number of protons.

2.  Atoms and the Periodic Tablemore info about what all those numbers and symbols mean
There is a maximum number of electrons that can fit in each "shell" or "ring" of an atom.  
The first shell will hold 2 electrons, the second will hold up to 8, and so on... When one shell is full, any electrons left goes to the next shell in order, even if there is only 1 left.  So it could be 2, 8, 1, if that's all the electrons there are.  Elements that have 8 electrons in their outermost shell are more stable than those with fewer. The electrons in the outer shell are called valence electrons.
Now practice what you've learned so far.  =)

3.  A Tour of the Periodic Table - the groups, periods, how it is arranged and why.
Atoms whose outer shells aren't full love to link up with other atoms whose number of valence electrons will make both their outer shells full.  Then these linked atoms are called a molecule.  Example H2O.
Atoms whose outer shells (valence shells) are full are more stable.  

4.  A Beginner's Guide to Balancing Equations - after watching, go practice! =)

►The practice links above are from Jefferson Labs.


  1. Thanks so much! This should help a TON:) God bless:) -Bree


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