Ch 17: Chapter 17: The Atomic Nature of Matter

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The Atomic Nature of Matter chapter of this Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential physics lessons of matter's atomic nature. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Atomic Nature of Matter textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Elements and elemental symbols
  • Atoms and their subunits
  • Atomism
  • 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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8 Lessons in Chapter 17: Chapter 17: The Atomic Nature of Matter
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What Are Elements?

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.

The Atom

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?

Atomism: Natural Philosophy and Lucretius

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.'

How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

4. 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.

Atomic Nucleus: Definition, Structure & Size

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.

Electron Configurations in Atomic Energy Levels

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.

The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

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.

Phase Changes of Matter: Types & Examples

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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