How to Use Molecular Models

Building molecular models is one of the most important skills you will master in your organic chemistry classes – it will help you to visualize two-dimensional drawings and teach you how to think about molecules as they actually exist in 3-dimensional space. Here we show you how to use the two main types of molecular model kits: ball-and-stick and wire-frame models. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type, and they have evolved from some pretty interesting origins (also discussed – OF COURSE!) We hope you find this helpful – if you do, please click LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!

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10 thoughts on “How to Use Molecular Models

  1. I love your videos so much!!! I am homeschooled so my mom makes me watch these. Let me re-phrase that: ALLOWS me to watch these!!! They are so entertaining while you are learning so much. Thanks again!!!

    alos what do you use as your glass whiteboard? It is really cool!!

  2. I really like this series! If I could offer one piece of feedback, I really enjoyed thepenguinprof chemistry videos because it reframed the subject and a lot of the concepts in a way that made it make more sense to me where conventional academia had failed me. Fabio is very knowledgeable, which is great, but if you could interpret what he says in your videos with your analogies of making carbon “happy” or theater rules, that would really help me conceptualize the technical jargon.

  3. Thank you for the videos. They are really helpful and i like your way of explaining chemistry. I have a question about how the scientists discovered and described atoms . For example how did they know that water is two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom and how they are connected together. How they saw these bonds and atoms ?. Thank you so much and good luck.

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