Chemistry – s, p, d & f-Block Elements

CHEMISTRY: Wow! There’s a ton of interesting and important stuff to know about the elements! To make things a bit easier for you, I’ve consolidated the notes on each block into three separate vodcasts. Don’t forget to pay close attention to properties (physical & chemical), occurrence, and uses.

As you are studying, make sure you go back and practice figuring out the period, block, group, and type of element from the electron configuration. And don’t forget the topics I asked you to research for yourself: the nitrogen cycle, the role of transition metals in gemstones (know colors and elements), the role of transition metals in alloys (know names, elements and uses), where the phrase “mad as a hatter” comes from, and the symptoms of mercury poisoning and why you should be careful if you eat a lot of fish. Check out the Chapter 5 Stuff to Know sheet for more.

If you want to see some really interesting videos on some of the more “explosive” elements, check out this link – http://periodicvideos.com/

s-Block elements:

p-Block elements:

d & f-Block elements

Chemistry 10-3-11 Pure Substances & Element Handbook Search

CHEMISTRY – Well, we did it! We finally finished chapter 1, well except for energy. Here’s the last of the notes on pure substances and also the review of the Element Handbook Search 1 and 2 that you did. You can ABSOLUTELY count on that information being on the test!

Hey, have you had a chance to check out the Chap 1 Study Suggestions sheet? Symbols test tomorrow (very short) and then the main test on Wednesday! (BTW – click on the name to open the Chap 1 Study Suggestions sheet.


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Chemistry 9-30-11 Elements & Intro to the Periodic Table

Well, here’s the last lecture from chapter 1 – an overview of the elements and intro to the periodic table. I don’t think I’ve talked so fast in a long time – And I wasn’t even here! Did you feel like it was mostly review? Let me know how the element handbook search is going. Tell enough, but don’t go into minute detail – just the main facts.

Hey, have you had a chance to check out the Chap 1 Study Suggestions sheet? Let me know if there is anything you need help with before the test on Friday! (BTW – click on the name to open the Chap 1 Study Suggestions sheet.


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Hon Chemistry 9-21-11 Classification of Matter

HON CHEMISTRY: Man – you’ve gotta love homecoming week! I don’t think I’ve talked so fast in a long time, and we still didn’t finish. So………we’ll finish tomorrow, but I decided to go ahead and post the full lecture from last year on the classification of matter so you’ll have it all in one place. How are you doing on the examples of homogeneous and heterogeneous matter? Here’s a question to think about, can you tell me three different types of homogeneous matter?

Lab tomorrow! After we finish the notes on pure substances, you’ll start designing another lab. Heads up – you might want to review the types of properties (qualitative & quantitative, etc.) and physical and chemical changes. I’m just saying. 😉


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