The Story of the Atom: Unit 6 - The Hydrogen Atom

The Story of the Atom: Unit 6 - The Hydrogen Atom


Schedule: This is a Self-Paced Course
Grade Span: 6th, 7th and 8th grade

  • About This Course

    In Unit 5, students arrived at the remarkable discovery that light color is underpinned by a very simple quantitative property - wavelength. But this realization does not explain why different chemicals emit different colors when energized. To explore this question, additional experiments on the nature of light, and specifically, on what wavelength means, is necessary. Following none other than Albert Einstein, students learn wavelength correlates to energy. Referring back to the specific bands of color emitted by energized elements, a new analysis of the energy values of emitted light can be done. Out of this comes a strikingly simple pattern which uncovers the nothing less than the nature of every atom in our universe! 

  • Prerequisites

    • Solving for one unknown in an algebraic equation. Ideally, students should have taken or be currently enrolled in pre-algebra or algebra. 

    • Proficiency with graphing. Students can determine a scale for coordinate axes and properly draw and label axes

    • Familiarity with the scientific method and the ability to design simple experiments

    • Ability to collect and record data

    • Ability to maintain an orderly and safe space for small lab experiments.

  • How a Self-Paced Course Works

    Students advance through a series of really interesting labs. Each lab goes like this:


    • Kid takes materials out of a box 

    • Kid watches a 3-minute video

    • Kid runs a 10-30-minute lab. (Kid is pumped up!)

    • Kid does a lab write-up and a little problem set for quick feedback 

    • Kid notches a win, has brand new knowledge, and moves to the next lab! 


    In addition, there are bonus videos and readings and even a problem set designed to deepen an intuitive understanding of the topics.