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Students will learn:
- Elements and elemental symbols
- Atoms and their subunits
- How molecules and compounds are formed
- Size and structure of the atomic nucleus
- Electron patterns and configurations
- Periods and groups of the periodic table
- Types of phase changes
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1. 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.
2. 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?
3. Atomism: Natural Philosophy and Lucretius
This lesson will discuss the theories of the Roman philosopher, Lucretius. As it focuses on Lucretius and his works, it will highlight his belief in atomism and his famous poem, 'On the Nature of Things.'
4. How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements
Did you know that elements are somewhat like people and have different personalities? Some elements like to be left alone. Others prefer to hang out with friends. We'll discuss how elements build molecules and compounds and how these can be classified.
5. Atomic Nucleus: Definition, Structure & Size
The atomic nucleus is the central part of the atom. There is a lot to be told by the structure of the atomic nucleus. This lesson goes through the structure of the atomic nucleus and other factors that the atomic nucleus tells us.
6. Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels
This lesson will explain what the electrons are doing inside the atom. Tune in to find out how we specify where they are located and how this location description will help us predict an element's properties.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 1: About Science
- Chapter 2: Mechanical Equilibrium
- Chapter 3: Newton's First Law of Motion-Inertia
- Chapter 4: Linear Motion
- Chapter 5: Projectile Motion
- Chapter 6: Newton's Second Law of Motion - Force and Acceleration
- Chapter 7: Newton's Third Law of Motion - Action and Reaction
- Chapter 8: Momentum
- Chapter 9: Energy
- Chapter 10: Circular Motion
- Chapter 11: Rotational Equilibrium
- Chapter 12: Rotational Motion
- Chapter 13: Universal Gravitation
- Chapter 14: Satellite Motion
- Chapter 15: Special Relativity - Space and Time
- Chapter 16: Relativity - Momentum, Mass, Energy, and Gravity
- Chapter 18: Solids
- Chapter 19: Liquids
- Chapter 20: Gases
- Chapter 21: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion
- Chapter 22: Heat Transfer
- Chapter 23: Change of Phase
- Chapter 24: Thermodynamics
- Chapter 25: Vibrations and Waves
- Chapter 26: Sound
- Chapter 27: Light
- Chapter 28: Color
- Chapter 29: Reflection and Refraction
- Chapter 30: Lenses
- Chapter 31: Diffraction and Interference
- Chapter 32: Electrostatics
- Chapter 33: Electric Fields and Potential Energy
- Chapter 34: Electric Current
- Chapter 35: Electric Circuits
- Chapter 36: Magnetism
- Chapter 37: Electromagnetic Induction
- Chapter 38: The Atom and the Quantum
- Chapter 39: The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity
- Chapter 40: Nuclear Fission and Fusion