The Aufbau Hotel

A simple analogy helps to explain a complicated concept in this instructional chemistry video. After first listening to a description of a hotel with different types of rooms on different floors, each with its own unique cost, students apply this analogy to better understand the system of orbitals that electrons occupy in atoms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Be sure to emphasize the correlation between price and energy when using this analogy with students
  • Develop a note-taking guide and/or worksheet for students to complete as they view this video
  • Have your flipped chemistry class watch this video as a homework assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • Video assumes students are familiar with the period table of elements and the general structure of atoms
Pros

  • Presenter clearly explains the connections between the hotel analogy and atomic structure
  • Video demonstrates how to determine the electron configuration of numerous elements from hydrogen to bromine 
Cons

  • At times during the video, the presenter's handwriting is a little sloppy, but still legible
  • Video may not capture the engagement of all learners