Atoms, Nuclear Decay, Electronic Structure, and Atomic Chemical Behavior

Atoms, Nuclear Decay, Electronic Structure, and Atomic Chemical Behavior

by Adam Le Gresley, PhD, Jared Rovny, PhD

This course covers the material of content category 4E of the official MCAT exam content outline.

The idea that matter is made up of individual and indivisible parts (atoms) originated in ancient Greece and is attributed to the polymath Democritus. This idea has continued to evolve throughout history. The discovery of the fundamental particles of an atom—namely protons, neutrons, and electrons—was one of the most prominent milestones in science, showing us that a component once thought indivisible could actually be divided further. Recently, the planetary model of the atom has been replaced by the atomic orbital theory, which better describes electrons and chemical bonds.

In this course, the student will be introduced to atoms and their components, nuclear decay, electronic structure, and the chemical characteristics of atoms. For optimal comprehension, the student is expected to have a college-level understanding of chemistry and physics.

Course Details

  • Videos 26
  • Duration 2:44 h
  • Quiz questions 105
  • Concept Pages 4


Your Educators of course Atoms, Nuclear Decay, Electronic Structure, and Atomic Chemical Behavior

 Adam Le Gresley, PhD

Adam Le Gresley, PhD

Dr. Adam Le Gresley is Professor of Organic Chemistry within the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kingston University in London, United Kingdom.
He obtained his PhD in supramolecular organic chemistry from the University of Surrey in 2004, and undertook his postdoctoral research on photolabile compounds at Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia, USA. Currently, he is Director of Research and Enterprise of the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy, and Chemistry at Kingston University. An experienced lecturer, Dr. Le Gresley has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at Kingston University since 2009.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Le Gresley teaches courses on Chemistry.

 Jared Rovny, PhD

Jared Rovny, PhD

Dr. Jared Rovny has been a Lecturer at Yale University in Connecticut, USA since 2013.
He obtained his PhD in Physics from Yale University in 2019. He was awarded the D. Allan Bromley Graduate Fellowship in Physics in 2019 and the Princeton Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in 2020.
Currently, he works with Yale's Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University.
Due to his achievements, he earned the Yale College Prize Teaching Fellowship for his work in PHYS 171 (University Physics for the Life Sciences).
Within Lecturio, Dr. Rovny teaches courses on Physics.

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buen video introductorio
By olol . on 27. February 2024 for Overview – Introduction to Chemistry

me gusta el video por el ritmo que maneja y dar la idea que la química es importante

Easy to understand lecture.
By Mariana . on 14. December 2023 for Atomic Quantum Numbers

I've taken Physics I and II before in college, and now am studying for the Mcat and really like how professor Jared breaks down these hard concepts into easy to understand morsels. Particularly in this lesson, he puts a new "spin" into quantum numbers leading to an easier explanation. Thanks!

The best explanations
By Hayden . on 02. July 2023 for Atom – Introduction to Chemistry

This lecture cleared up any confusion I had about the topics covered. Everything was explained that was mentioned in the video, so one wouldn't be making any assumptions to be able to comprehend.

Best physics teacher
By Judi F. on 02. June 2022 for Emission and Absorption Spectrum

Straight to the point explained well. I have had a time trying to study physics. this makes stuff way easier