Monday, April 13, 2020

Periodic Table of Elements

Following are several resources to help you better understand or simply review the Periodic Table of Elements. We'll begin with an image of the Periodic Table. Simply click on the picture to enlarge it. Next, there's a brief video that provides a great, easy-to-understand introduction to the Table. Lastly, Dr. Edward Murphy of the University of Virginia delivers a fascinating lecture on the origin of the elements. The full description of the lecture, taken straight from its page on YouTube, is provided below. 

Periodic Table of Elements

Periodic Table Explained: Introduction

The Origin of the Elements

The world around us is made of atoms. Did you ever wonder where these atoms came from? How was the gold in our jewelry, the carbon in our bodies, and the iron in our cars made? In this lecture, we will trace the origin of a gold atom from the Big Bang to the present day, and beyond. You will learn how the elements were forged in the nuclear furnaces inside stars, and how, when they die, these massive stars spread the elements into space. You will learn about the origin of the building blocks of matter in the Big Bang, and we will speculate on the future of the atoms around us today.

Speaker: Dr. Edward Murphy, University of Virginia
Date: November 13, 2012

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