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Wondrium Pilots: Understanding the Periodic Table

Play around with the building blocks of the universe—then sort them onto the table at which science's greatest minds have sat.

Wondrium Pilots: Understanding the Periodic Table is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good lecturer but poor presentation I have some background on chemistry, and I was still not able to follow. I found the method of presentation needed lots of improvement. For example, when a column or family of elements was discussed and the periodic table was shown on the screen, a different color or a pointer must be used to help the listener locating where they were on the table.
Date published: 2021-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good overview I felt this was a bit basic, but a great introduction.
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Lecture - Confused Graphics Professor Danahy is engaging and did an excellent job packing such a diverse topic into such a short amount of time. I did notice one small mistake on his part where he referred to column 16 as the column with Nitrogen in it and column 15 as the column with Oxygen in it; when in fact it's the other way around. Not a big deal - but I do think it should have been caught and fixed. My biggest issue was with the graphics. They were imprecise and didn't seem to always be structured to fit what he was saying. There were a few times where he would be talking about one particular period or group and a different group was highlighted. The lacked both precision and correctness. There were a couple of slides that were so bad that they actually confused things for me. Now, I'm not trying to toot my own horn - but I'm usually pretty good at picking out the errors and being able to figure out what was actually meant. For these two slides in particular - even after re-watching both segments multiple times - I was still at a loss as to what exactly was going on. I would upload screenshots, but the confusion springs from the context of what he was talking about being filtered through the visual impressions of the slide. That all aside, I think this would make an excellent full course. I would totally take it; though I would expect a bit more attention to detail in a full course production with more explicit and detailed slides. Thanks :)
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I had this in high school I enjoyed this course. I wish I had it the first day of high school chemistry. It gives you a good road map. My high school teacher told us to memorize the table. This course immediately points out not to. Understanding the logic and reasons for the arrangement is so much more useful. Thank you.
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Professor is clear but presentation needs work! Difficult to follow given constant left and right camera views with no graphics other than a static periodic table shown for emphasis. I expect more given I can find thousands of videos on the WWW on the subject. You need to use a multimedia approach to enable better retention, as opposed to a old-style lecture with no visuals. Sorry to disappoint, but you need the feedback to compete better.
Date published: 2020-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very clear presentation This very clear and excellent. Anyone interested and has a high school background and grasp the content.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this lecture This was a great explanation of the periodic table for beginners in Chemistry. The lecturer was clear and engaging. I’d like to see a whole course like this.
Date published: 2020-09-03
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Overview

Join a senior lecturer of chemistry at Bowdoin College to walk through the periodic table of elements, tracing the original elements and hearing the stories of how new elements were discovered, added, and organized over the centuries.
Understanding the Periodic Table

01: Understanding the Periodic Table

The periodic table of elements is something that is invariably hanging on the wall of science classrooms all over the world. Currently, it lists 118 elements—both found in nature and synthetically created—which make up everything we know. Join a senior lecturer of chemistry at Bowdoin College as she takes you through the history and logic that has gone into the periodic table. You’ll walk through the periodic table of elements, tracing the original elements and hearing the stories of how new elements were discovered, added, and organized over the centuries.

34 min