Ch 25: Basics of Physical Science

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Review the building blocks of physical science through the short lessons in this Basics of Physical Science chapter. Strengthen your body of knowledge and test your understanding using the lesson quizzes and chapter exams.

Basics of Physical Science - Chapter Summary

Use this comprehensive refresher chapter to brush up on the principles and components of physical science. Explore the structure and states of matter and take another look at the changes it can undergo. Review the nature of atoms and re-discover how they combine to form molecules, reexamine the differences between heat and temperature and much more. Through these lessons, you will review the following information:

  • Overview of matter, and physical, chemical and phase changes
  • Types and examples of mixtures
  • Elements, atoms, molecules and compounds
  • Forms and types of energy, and a description of potential and kinetic energy
  • Definition and explanation of energy transformation
  • Temperature vs. heat, and materials that insulate or conduct
  • Electricity and electric circuits, and types and description of forces

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15 Lessons in Chapter 25: Basics of Physical Science
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Physical Property of Matter: Definition & Examples

1. Physical Property of Matter: Definition & Examples

Every time you look at an object, you observe its properties. In this lesson, you will learn about the physical properties of matter so you can identify them in the future.

States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

2. States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

The world around us is constantly changing. Chemists put those changes into two main categories: physical changes and chemical changes. This lesson will define and provide examples of each.

Phase Changes of Matter: Types & Examples

3. Phase Changes of Matter: Types & Examples

We are surrounded by matter. In this lesson, you will learn about phase changes of matter, and the types of phase changes that occur so you can recognize them in the future.

Homogeneous Mixture: Definition & Examples

4. Homogeneous Mixture: Definition & Examples

We use many types of mixtures in everyday life. In this lesson, you will learn about a type of mixture known as a homogeneous mixture so you will be able to identify them in the future.

Heterogeneous Mixture: Definition & Examples

5. Heterogeneous Mixture: Definition & Examples

You come into contact with mixtures every day. Most of the foods we eat and drink are some form of mixtures. In this lesson, you will learn about heterogeneous mixtures and the types of heterogeneous mixtures recognized by scientists.

The Atom

6. 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?

What Are Elements?

7. 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.

How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

8. How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

Did you know that elements are like people and have different personalities? A few elements are very shy and love to be left alone. Others are very social and prefer to hang out with friends. In this lesson we will discuss how elements build molecules and compounds.

Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

9. Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

This video defines and describes kinetic and potential energy. You'll learn how different types of energy can be classified as potential and kinetic. You'll also find out how kinetic and potential energy are transformed.

What are the Different Types of Energy?

10. What are the Different Types of Energy?

Energy is one of the most fundamental concepts in many scientific fields. Learn more about its different types, subsequently testing your knowledge with a quiz.

Energy Transformation: Definition, Types & Examples

11. Energy Transformation: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about the different kinds of energy and how these types of energy can be transformed from one form to another. You will also learn about some uses of these energy transformations in everyday life.

Comparing Heat & Temperature

12. Comparing Heat & Temperature

Heat and temperature aren't the same thing, contrary to everyday usage. Learn about the differences between the two concepts in science. Test your understanding with a quiz.

Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities

13. Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities

In this lesson, we'll explore the reasons that some materials conduct electrical energy with ease while others block it almost completely. We'll also talk about the property of conductivity and some everyday examples of insulators and conductors.

Types & Components of Electric Circuits

14. Types & Components of Electric Circuits

Learn about electrical components and types of circuits. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to explain what components like bulbs, resistors, and capacitors do. You'll also be able to compare and contrast series vs. parallel circuits and DC vs. AC circuits.

Force: Definition and Types

15. Force: Definition and Types

Force is everywhere and it comes in a variety of sizes, directions, and types. In this video lesson, you'll identify force as well the different types of force that objects may experience.

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