Organic Live

I’m going to start this one off differently, so bear with me…

What do you take when you get a cold? Just so we’re clear, there’s nothing out there that will cure the common cold — there are remedies that lessen the severity of symptoms and some that claim to…

“I am a real Americannnnn” — sorry, I have that jam in my head from last time (hey, it’s better than the Shawn Michaels theme). I’m still all tingly from acknowledging the first ‘Merikan to significantly contribute to the history of chemistry. That’s not to say that ‘Merikans haven’t contributed…

The last session ended with the discovery of this magical number 8. If I could personify the nature of an atom for a minute: it seems atoms are most comfortable when they have obtained 8 valence electrons. …

I’m not going to lie, I hardcore struggled with a segue into the topics we’re about to cover.

I struggled because I wanted to frame the importance of what we’re about to dig into without immediately alienating 98.4% of readers. We’re very much nearing the end of the journey of…

Bohr’s initial model of the atom changed the way we thought about the physical reality of subatomic particles in the biggest way imaginable, but it was still only applicable to a hydrogen atom. Further, the model was 95.782% concerned with electrons. The model was very loosely concerned with whatever was…

Wait, what? We’re talking about physics again?

Here’s the deal: the discipline of chemistry started with the concept of an element. The atom (and its subatomic particles) is the basis for an element. It is the reason an element behaves the way it does. Understanding the nature of the atom…

Okay, so subatomic particles exist — Sir JJ proved that beyond any doubt. This discovery got the chemist gears turning: what does an atom actually look like?? What does it consist of?

The first structural model of an atom has a decidedly British name (first coined by Lord Kelvin and…

Everyone knows about Johnny Dalton, Antoine Lavoisier, Handsome Robby Boyle, Avogadro, Mendeleev and his biblical beard, etc. — they’re the famous ones, they’re fun to write about, and Johnny Dalton sounds like someone you’d blaze it up with. However, there are several others whose contributions are just as important that…

Organic Live

I’m a former chemistry assistant prof that is out to prove that chemistry is both interesting and entertaining

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