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The World of Chemistry

Season 1 1990 - 1991

  • 1990-08-01T04:00:00Z on PBS
  • 28 mins
  • 12 hours, 8 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

The World of Chemistry is a television series on introductory chemistry hosted by Nobel prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann. The series consists of 26 half-hour video programs, along with coordinated books, which explore various topics in chemistry through experiments conducted by Stevens Point emeritus professor Don Showalter the "series demonstrator" and interviews with working chemists, it also includes physics and earth science related components. The series was produced by the University of Maryland, College Park and the Educational Film Center and was funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project, it was filmed in 1988 and first aired on PBS in 1990. This series supports science standards recognized nationally by the United States and is still widely used in high school and college chemistry courses. The entire series is currently available on learner.org for free in an online video streaming format.

26 episodes

1x01 The World of Chemistry

  • Series Premiere

    1990-08-01T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

An introduction to the series.

1x02 Color

  • 1990-08-08T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

The use of color and dye in modern chemistry.

1x04 Modeling The Unseen

  • 1990-08-22T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Using imagination and experience to explain behavior.

1x05 A Matter of State

  • 1990-08-29T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Three states of matter; scientific modeling.

1x06 The Atom

  • 1990-09-05T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

A modern view of the atom and its impact on technology.

1x07 The Periodic Table

  • 1990-09-12T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

The periodic table affects research.

1x08 Chemical Bonds

  • 1990-09-19T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Chemical bonds: mineral crystals, explosives, fertilizers.

1x09 Molecular Architecture

  • 1990-09-26T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Molecular shape governs their chemistry.

1x10 Signals from Within

  • 1990-10-03T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Radiation helps scientists fingerprint matter.

1x11 The Mole

  • 1990-10-10T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Scientists use the mole to explain chemical change.

1x12 Water

  • 1990-10-17T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

The chemistry of water; conserving water.

1x13 The Driving Forces

  • 1990-10-24T04:00:00Z — 28 mins

Various forces create and control chemical reactions.

1x14 Molecules in Action

  • 1990-10-31T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Molecules in chemical reactions; catalysts.

1x15 The Busy Electron

  • 1990-11-07T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Electron transfer; corrosion and electrolysis.

1x16 The Proton in Chemistry

  • 1990-11-14T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

The measurement and function of acids and bases.

1x17 The Precious Envelope

  • 1990-11-21T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

The atmosphere's chemistry; man's impact on it.

1x18 The Chemistry of Earth

  • 1990-11-28T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

The chemistry and uses of the earth.

1x19 Metals

  • 1990-12-05T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Properties of metals; manipulating these properties.

1x20 On the Surface

  • 1990-12-12T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Differences between the surface and bulk of substances.

1x21 Carbon

  • 1990-12-19T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Organic chemistry; carbon-based molecules.

1x22 The Age of Polymers

  • 1991-01-09T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Chemists create synthetics from oil and natural gas.

1x23 Protein Structure & Function

  • 1991-01-16T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Molecular structures of natural polymers.

1x24 The Genetic Code

  • 1991-01-23T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Genetic codes that manufacture life-sustaining proteins.

1x25 Chemistry and the Environment

  • 1991-01-30T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Chemistry and the global environment.

1x26 Futures

  • 1991-02-06T05:00:00Z — 28 mins

Interviews with leaders from academia and industry explore the frontiers of chemical research.