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Chemistry Made Simple

Matthew Macariou

Helping you understand chemistry topics from A-Level and Advanced Higher. If you want to demystify chemistry, yearn for a simpler explanation and want to hear all the tips that will help you at exam time you're at the right place. I'm a chemistry tutor who is used to explaining chemistry in simpler terms, and I love to use an analogy to help with the understanding. Each episode tackles a topic, explaining it as simply as possible - well it is chemistry! The end of episode summary will make sure you have useful takeaways to help you on your way. There's a download available to accompany many of the episodes too.

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How and Why Chemical Bonds are Formed - Chemical Bonding I
5d ago
How and Why Chemical Bonds are Formed - Chemical Bonding I
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this episode: Why do atoms form chemical bonds? How do atoms for chemical bonds? The three types of chemical bond Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How and Why Chemical Bonds are Formed - Chemical Bonding I
5d ago
How and Why Chemical Bonds are Formed - Chemical Bonding I
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this episode: Why do atoms form chemical bonds? How do atoms for chemical bonds? The three types of chemical bond Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to do the Analytical Chemistry Question in Your Exam
30-05-2022
How to do the Analytical Chemistry Question in Your Exam
Watch the video explaining the process and walkthrough of a tough exam question: (chemistrymadesimple.net/5step) In this episode: Why the analytical chem question is so difficult Why I developed the 5 step process for tackling these questions The 5 steps How to write out your answer The usefulness of the data sheet / data booklet Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
What Happens to Ionization Energy Across a Period - Periodicity IV
23-05-2022
What Happens to Ionization Energy Across a Period - Periodicity IV
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this episode: What is ionization energy? First Ionization energy Trends in first ionization energy with explanations Successive ionization energies Common exam question - predict the element Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Two Must-Know Trends in Melting and Boiling Points - Periodicity III
16-05-2022
Two Must-Know Trends in Melting and Boiling Points - Periodicity III
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this Episode: Not one trend but two mini trends The trends for sodium - silicon The trends for phosphorus - argon Giant structure vs molecular and what it means for these trends Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Trends in Atomic Radii across the periodic table - Periodicity II
09-05-2022
Trends in Atomic Radii across the periodic table - Periodicity II
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this episode: The definition of atomic radius The trend across group 3 The reason for the trend Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Trends Across the Periodic Table - Periodicity I
04-05-2022
Trends Across the Periodic Table - Periodicity I
Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community). Your introduction to periodicity, and trends across a row of the periodic table In this episode: What is a period What is Periodicity Which group we study and why Which properties we'll study Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Atom Economy vs Yield
28-02-2022
Atom Economy vs Yield
In this episode: Definition of ATOM ECONOMY Example calculation of Atom economy Definition of YIELD Examples of calculation of yield Comparison of ATOM ECONOMY vs YIELD Equation and calculation used in this episode: C + 2H2O -> 2H2 + CO2 12g 2x18g 2x2g 44g Atom economy = (4/48) x 100 = 8.3% -------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Work Out Half Equations - Redox III
24-01-2022
How to Work Out Half Equations - Redox III
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) ___________________________________________________________________ In this episode: What are half equations? What are the rules for half equations Simple example walkthrough Complex example walkthrough Your assignment: Deduce the half equation for the reduction of the dichromate ion [Cr2O7]^2- Let me know how you do with that -DM me on Instagram  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Assign Oxidation States or Numbers - Redox II
17-01-2022
How to Assign Oxidation States or Numbers - Redox II
Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In This episode: definition of oxidation state / number rules for assigning oxidation numbers 'standard' oxidation states (and exceptions) walk through examples how to use oxidation numbers Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community). Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)
Introduction to Oxidation, Reduction and Redox Reactions - Redox I
10-01-2022
Introduction to Oxidation, Reduction and Redox Reactions - Redox I
Check out the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this episode: definition of the terms oxidation and reduction simple examples of oxidation and reduction definition of oxidation states / oxidation numbers with examples definition of redox Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Name Organic Compounds - Nomenclature II
20-12-2021
How to Name Organic Compounds - Nomenclature II
Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy) In this episode: Naming process for organic compounds Root of the name Including functional group Including side chain Indicating the position of functional groups and side chains Protocol for naming when there are multiple prefixes Number of carbons Root of name 1 meth 2 eth 3 prop 4 but 5 pent 6 hex 7 hept 8 oct 9 non 10 dec Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Name Inorganic Compounds - Nomenclature I
13-12-2021
How to Name Inorganic Compounds - Nomenclature I
Careful with those numbers.... In this episode: Why we need a systematic naming system How to name cations systematically How to name anions systematically Using full names, not formulae Combining cation and anion names to name compounds Roman Numerals: I one II two III three IV four V five VI six VII seven __________________________________________________________________ Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Balance Chemical Equations (Full, ionic and half equations)
22-11-2021
How to Balance Chemical Equations (Full, ionic and half equations)
In this episode: How to write a chemical equation The GOLDEN RULE of balancing equations What do we mean by "balancing and equation"? How to balance an equation Definition of full, ionic and half equations Find out how to join the Chemistry Made Simple Academy waitlist. Watch a short video explaining (WHY we need to balance chemical equations). And a video explaining (HOW to balance chemical equations). Get in touch: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@chemistrymadesimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Use the Ideal Gas Equation
02-11-2021
How to Use the Ideal Gas Equation
In this episode : What is the ideal gas equation units of the ideal gas equation use and common question types Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
How to Use Moles for Gases - Molar Volume
19-10-2021
How to Use Moles for Gases - Molar Volume
In this episode:Using Molar Mass for gases Definition of Molar Volume What are standard temperature & pressure, and room temperature & pressure? Definition of conditions of stp and rtp Molar volume at stp and at rtp How to use the molar volume Applying molar volume to gaseous elements, gaseous compounds, and mixtures of gases Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Why the Mole is the Most Important College Chemistry Concept
05-10-2021
Why the Mole is the Most Important College Chemistry Concept
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Is A-Level Chemistry Really THAT difficult?
07-09-2021
Is A-Level Chemistry Really THAT difficult?
Studying chemistry in sixth form can't really be as difficult as people make out, can it? Whether you're just thinking about studying chemistry at A-Level or Highers, whether you've committed to do so, or whether you've already started your course you will be aware of all the rumours and worries about what it's like and how difficult it is. In this episode we look at these questions and concerns about A-Level chemistry: The chemistry is a big step up! Is memorising the syllabus enough? Is it starting again in chemistry? Did GCSE chemistry lie to me? Does getting a good GCSE grade mean I'll get a good A-Level grade? There's a lot of calculations The maths is very hard the exams are very difficult and require lots of understanding Hear my golden rule about getting all the exam marks you deserve. I also give quick tips of what you should include in your answers. Find out how I can help you throughout your chemistry A-Level (here). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
What Is Titration and How Does it Work?
01-06-2021
What Is Titration and How Does it Work?
In this episode: Introduction to titration - what is it? Types of titration Apparatus required How to do titrations Doing the calculation Read the accompanying (article). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Everything About Acidic Buffers : Composition, How They Work, and How To Do Calculations
11-05-2021
Everything About Acidic Buffers : Composition, How They Work, and How To Do Calculations
In this episode: Introduction to buffers- what are they What are acidic buffers made from? How do acidic buffers work How acidic buffers are prepared Assumptions when using the acid dissociation constant, Ka, with acidic buffers Those tricky calculations.... Read the full show notes (here). Suggested listening: Episode 10 explains the calculations required with weak acids and the acid dissociation constant, Ka. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).
Bonus Episode:  How to Recognise a Weak Acid?
06-05-2021
Bonus Episode: How to Recognise a Weak Acid?
This bonus episode gives you five things to look for to help you identify whether an acid is a weak acid. Your exam question is unlikely to spell that out for you. Very unlikely indeed. Here are the simple things to look for that will put you one step ahead of the examiner! Suggested listening: Episode 9 which introduces the difference between a strong acid and a weak acid and defines how to calculate pH. Episode 10 which explains the calculations required with weak acids and the acid dissociation constant, Ka. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about the (Chemistry Made Simple academy)  Contact me: Instagram (@chemistrymadesimple) Email Matthew@ChemistryMadeSimple.net Join the discussion at the (Chemistry Made Simple podcast community).