The Story of The Periodic Table - Full Year Course

The Story of The Periodic Table - Full Year Course


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

  • About This Course

    Even today, it’s amazing to consider that all detectable matter in the universe can be assembled into a table of elements organized by a unifying scientific principle. Yet this is what a Siberian scientist named Dmitri Mendeleev confidently proclaimed in 1869, as he created one of the first versions of the Periodic Table of Elements. How did he come to believe that this was possible and accomplish this amazing scientific feat? 



    By synthesizing two centuries of scientific knowledge, Mendeleev saw patterns and relationships lurking amidst the basic building blocks of matter that no one else saw. Mendeleev worked with a belief that everything is related, that there is a scientific principle governing all matter, and that there is some sense behind it all. With this foundation, he was able to unearth a profound idea that changed the world. 



    In the Periodic Table Self-Paced Course, students recreate key experiments of the 18th and 19th centuries to uncover the very idea of atoms, discover that elements are in fact the building blocks of matter, isolate pure elemental gases, and determine the unique properties of these elements, all of which can eventually be interrelated. 




    • Solving for one unknown in an algebraic equation (ideally, students should have taken or be currently taking pre-algebra or algebra)

    • Graphing Skills: determine scale for coordinate axes, properly drawing and labeling axes

    • Familiarity with the Scientific Method and simple experimental design,

    • Ability to collect and record their own data

    • Basic knowledge of or exposure to general chemistry is recommended (e.g. structure of atoms, types of molecular bonds, polarity, acids and bases, and converting between grams and moles)


    Unit Titles

    Unit 1 - Atoms Reacting

    Unit 2 - The Elements

    Unit 3 - Hydrogen and Oxygen

    Unit 4 - The Gas Laws

    Unit 5 - Atomic Mass

    Unit 6 - The Periodic La

  • How a Self-Paced Course Works

    ​​​​​Learning supply list

    Quantum Kits accompanying each Unit will be delivered right to you! It will include the key supplies for conducting the experiments. There are a few items, however, not included in the kit, which are easy to procure at local stores. We will provide you with this list of items.