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.
An introduction to the series.
The use of color and dye in modern chemistry.
Accurate and precise measurement.
Using imagination and experience to explain behavior.
Three states of matter; scientific modeling.
A modern view of the atom and its impact on technology.
The periodic table affects research.
Chemical bonds: mineral crystals, explosives, fertilizers.
Molecular shape governs their chemistry.
Radiation helps scientists fingerprint matter.
Scientists use the mole to explain chemical change.
The chemistry of water; conserving water.
Various forces create and control chemical reactions.
Molecules in chemical reactions; catalysts.
Electron transfer; corrosion and electrolysis.
The measurement and function of acids and bases.
The atmosphere's chemistry; man's impact on it.
The chemistry and uses of the earth.
Properties of metals; manipulating these properties.
Differences between the surface and bulk of substances.
Organic chemistry; carbon-based molecules.
Chemists create synthetics from oil and natural gas.
Molecular structures of natural polymers.
Genetic codes that manufacture life-sustaining proteins.
Chemistry and the global environment.