From Atoms to Quarks

Yesterday, I said that the excited states of the hydrogen atom are our prototype for understanding how the periodic table works. This is part of our motivation for solving the hydrogen atom, a subject to which I will be devoting several more posts. However, the next post requires some diagrams which I, er, haven’t drawn yet, so while I work on that — and my day job — why not kick back with a video?

And hey, let’s make that an educational experience. For those of you who survived freshman physics, The Mechanical Universe is an easy refresher on the basics. Here’s the Google Video version of episode 51, “From Atoms to Quarks,” which addresses the point about the Periodic Table which I raised last time.

In case this copy breaks, Annenberg Media has the series online for free, although you have to go through a quick registration.