That's Why Carbon Is A Tramp

Carbon bonds with one, two, or three atoms in order to gain four electrons and fill its outer shell. Here is a video that explores the chemistry aspects of biology through the lens of carbon. A review of Lewis dot structures begins the video and brings learners to a review of covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review parts of the atom, their charges, and their role in bonding before showing video
Classroom Considerations

  • Needs include a computer, Internet access, and a projection system to view the video
  • As the name of the video suggests, carbon is related to a tramp throughout; preview entire video to determine if appropriate to your learning situation
  • Assumes learner understands parts of an atom
  • Comments below the video on YouTube may not be appropriate for school
  • The first in a series of 40 related resources

  • Great visuals showing bonds between atoms

  • Includes a fair number of sexual references throughout the video, which may not be appropriate for school
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