Professor David W. Ball, Ph.D.

Professor David W. Ball
  • Cleveland State University
  • Rice University
The fun part about being a chemist is that we still have lots of combinations of these raw materials to explore.

David W. Ball is a Professor of Chemistry at Cleveland State University in Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Rice University. After performing post-doctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California, he joined Cleveland State as an Assistant Professor, rising to the rank of Professor in 2002 and becoming Chair of the Chemistry Department in 2012.

Dr. Ball teaches entry-level chemistry as well as physical chemistry in the undergraduate and graduate programs. His research interests include computational chemistry, particularly new high-energy materials and small-molecule–protein interactions. He has over 200 publications, equally split between research and educational studies. His various books include general chemistry at the introductory level, chemistry for allied health professions, and science and engineering chemistry. His widely used textbook on physical chemistry has been translated into Spanish and Japanese.

Dr. Ball has received accolades for his teaching at the department, college, and university levels, and he recently served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Ball is active in his profession organization, the American Chemical Society. In his spare time, he does woodworking and takes weekly horseback-riding lessons.

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"I really enjoyed Professor Ball's presentation of the course. He conveys a deep enthusiasm for the subject and a deep respect for Chemistry. His tone is casual and light and often tinged with humorous remarks that make the lectures fun to listen to. He does not hesitate to plunge into deep water such as super-conductivity and quantum mechanics – and the explanations are really quite understandable."

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10 Courses and Sets

  1. The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

    The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

    David W. Ball
    4.6 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    Discover how the immense variety of matter—stars, mountains, plants, people—is made by a limited number of elements that combine in simple ways. In the engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate everyday miracles like a bouncing rubber ball or water’s astonishing power to dissolve. Knowledge of materials drives the development of civilization. Where will we go...
  2. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Explore the mysteries of the physical world with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then investigate a crucial mystery in modern physics—the nature of dark matter and dark energy—uncovering what it is that astronomers are looking for and why they think they will find it.
  3. (Set) The Theory of Everything & The Nature of Matter Set

    (Set) The Theory of Everything & The Nature of Matter

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Explore the fundamental components of the universe like never before with this two-course set. Start by pulling back the curtain on nature's deepest secrets and get a glimpse of the theory that ties it all together in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Then, decipher the mystery of matter with The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World.
  4. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Discover amazing insights about the physical world with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then delve into the fascinating and enormously important subject of thermodynamics. Start with the basics of heat and energy and move deeper into the four laws that govern so much of the world around us.
  5. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Quantum Mechanics Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Quantum Mechanics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Embark on an intellectual journey into the physics of the universe with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then peer into the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics with a course that explains, in language that anyone can understand, how the quantum world works and why it works that way.
  6. (Set) Nuclear Physics Explained & The Nature of Matter Set

    (Set) Nuclear Physics Explained & The Nature of Matter

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Study how both the physical matter and energy of the universe is at your command with this two-course set. Learn how radioactivity happens, how it’s harnessed, and how worried you should be with Nuclear Physics Explained. Then, discover how matter behaves with The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World.
  7. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £116.98 Starting at £116.98 £158.98 £116.98£158.98
    Broaden your knowledge of science with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then, discover the beauty of physics, exploring fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, waves and fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and relativity and quantum theory.
  8. (Set) The Science of Extreme Weather & The Nature of Matter Set

    (Set) The Science of Extreme Weather & The Nature of Matter

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    What do you know about the natural world around you? This two-course set will make you an expert in the stars, planets, mountains, oceans, and atmospheres. The Science of Extreme Weather is your field guide to the worst that Earth's atmosphere can inflict. Then, with The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World delve into the fundamental components of the universe.
  9. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Forge a link between matter and organic chemistry in this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then, explore one of sciences most complex fields—organic chemistry—delving into the power of life’s fundamental molecules.
  10. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & The Nature of Matter Set

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & The Nature of Matter

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £116.98 Starting at £116.98 £158.98 £116.98£158.98
    Examine the raw material of the universe and how it works together to make everything you know in this two course set. Take a deep dive into the science of how everything interacts with Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, decipher the mystery of matter in The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World.