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Ch 2: Characteristics & Chemicals of Life: Tutoring Solution

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The Characteristics and Chemicals of Life chapter of this Middle School Life Science Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about characteristics and chemicals of life. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the topics involving the characteristics and chemicals of life required in a typical middle school life science course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other life science work.
  • Identify the characteristics and chemicals of life concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our Middle School Life Science Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the characteristics and chemicals of life and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding the different types of matter and their properties, chemical bonds, chemical reactions or any other characteristics and chemicals of life topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
  • Prefer learning about science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their characteristics and chemicals of life unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in middle school life science
  • Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make learning about the characteristics and chemicals of life simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live science tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Learn about the characteristics and chemicals of life on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about some of the characteristics and fundamental needs of living organisms
  • Contrast the chemical and physical properties of matter
  • List the different states of matter
  • Describe the components of the atom
  • Study the electron shell as well as mass and atomic number
  • Define elements, isotopes and average atomic mass
  • Discover why noble gases don't bond
  • Examine the arrangement of the periodic table
  • Explain the correlation between compounds, molecules and elements
  • Learn about the process of creating solutions
  • Distinguish between covalent and ionic chemical bonds
  • Explore the methods by which balanced chemical reactions are written

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Characteristics & Chemicals of Life: Tutoring Solution
Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

1. Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

How are substances identified? There are two major ways we can describe a substance: physical properties and chemical properties. Learn about how chemists use properties to classify matter as either a mixture or a pure substance.

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases, & Plasma

2. States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases, & Plasma

Learn the four states of matter in the universe: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. Learn about the differences in shape and volume among the four states, which of the states is the most common and why plasma conducts electricity.

The Atom

3. The Atom

Tune into this lesson to find out what matters about matter. What exactly is an atom? And, how do the atoms that make up the elements in the periodic table differ from one another?

The Electron Shell

4. The Electron Shell

You may be familiar with the role of electrons in electrical devices, but did you know that electrons also determine the chemical reactivity of everything around you?

Atomic Number and Mass Number

5. Atomic Number and Mass Number

Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything around you. In order to really understand how atoms combine to form molecules, it's necessary to be familiar with their structure. In this lesson, we'll dissect atoms so we can see just what really goes into those little building blocks of matter.

What Are Elements?

6. What Are Elements?

Look around you. What do you see? Elements are everywhere. They are the building blocks of all matter on Earth. In this lesson, we will discuss what an element is, how elements are written as symbols, and how elements are the building blocks of all matter.

Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

7. Isotopes and Average Atomic Mass

When you drink a glass of water, you are actually drinking a combination of heavy water and light water. What's the difference? Is it harmful? This video will explain the difference between the two types of water and go into detail on the significance of the different isotopes of elements.

The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

8. The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

How is the periodic table like the map you used on your last road trip? In this lesson, you will be introduced to the periodic table, the road map of chemists. We will discuss how the elements are organized and how you can use this organization to identify some of their major physical properties.

Understanding the Relationships between Elements, Molecules & Compounds

9. Understanding the Relationships between Elements, Molecules & Compounds

Everything on Earth is made of atoms, and sometimes they combine to form new groups of atoms. The sky is the limit when it comes to these combinations, which account for the vast number of things we find in our natural world.

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