Chemistry Made Simple

A podcast by Matthew Macariou - Tuesdays


84 Episodes

  1. What Changes With the Atomic Model When We Introduce Basic Quantum Mechanics?

    Published: 1/16/2024
  2. Experiment Using a Polarimeter to Measure Optical Activity - Including a Novel Analogy

    Published: 1/2/2024
  3. What are Optical Isomerism, Chirality, Enantiomers and Plane-Polarized Light

    Published: 12/29/2023
  4. How to Use and Understand 'Curly Arrows' in Reaction Mechanisms

    Published: 11/21/2023
  5. What are Reaction Mechanisms, Electrophiles and Nucleophiles

    Published: 11/14/2023
  6. Determining the Rate Equation for a Chemical Reaction

    Published: 11/8/2023
  7. What is the Rate Constant, and How to Use it.

    Published: 10/24/2023
  8. What is the rate of reaction, and how can you find it experimentally?

    Published: 10/17/2023
  9. How To Predict Whether a Reaction Can Proceed, and at what Temperature - Gibbs Free Energy Change

    Published: 10/11/2023
  10. What is Entropy in Chemistry?

    Published: 9/26/2023
  11. Why I started This Podcast

    Published: 9/20/2023
  12. A quick update

    Published: 6/30/2023
  13. How to Create and Use a Born-Haber Cycle

    Published: 6/13/2023
  14. What Are Mean Bond Enthalpies?

    Published: 6/6/2023
  15. Standard Enthalpy of Solution ΔHsol

    Published: 6/1/2023
  16. Standard Enthalpy of Hydration ΔHhyd

    Published: 5/30/2023
  17. Lattice Enthalpy of Formation ΔHL

    Published: 5/25/2023
  18. Electron Affinity ΔHea

    Published: 5/23/2023
  19. Ionization Energy ΔHie

    Published: 5/18/2023
  20. Standard Enthalpy of Atomization ΔHat

    Published: 5/16/2023

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