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- Physical and chemical properties of matter
- Calculating the volumes of basic shapes
- Differences and calculations of mass and weight
- Distinguishing between inertia and mass
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1. Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties
Matter, or material substances, are identified based on their physical and chemical properties. Explore how this process works and learn how chemists use different properties to determine the classification of matter.
2. How to Measure Liquid Volume
There are many tools for measuring liquid volume. The tool you use will depend on how much liquid you have to measure and how precise you need to be. Learn how graduated cylinders and burets are used to get accurate liquid volume measurements.
3. What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples
A meniscus is a curve at the surface of a liquid in a container. Learn the definition of a meniscus, discover how they can be concave or convex, and review how to read a meniscus, explore their uses, and see lab examples.
4. How to Calculate the Volumes of Basic Shapes
The volume of a basic shape like a sphere is 4/3*pi*r^3 and the volume of a cube or prism is h(pi*r^2). Learn how to calculate the volumes of these other basic shapes with a series of examples.
5. Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object
In physics, calculating the volume of solid objects with unusual shapes can be challenging. Learn how to use displacement to calculate the volume of an object, regardless of its shape, and review Archimedes' discovery and how to find volume by displacement.
6. Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations
Mass is the amount of stuff, or matter, that an object contains, while weight is the force on that object because of gravity. Learn the differences between mass and weight, how to calculate them, and how to perform conversions using Newtons and kilograms.
7. Distinguishing Between Inertia and Mass
Inertia is an object's capacity in resisting change of motion, whereas mass is the amount of matter contained. Explore each of these concepts and learn to distinguish them and their properties in the real world.
8. States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter
Matter constantly changes. Learn about the three states of matter, which are gas, liquid, and solid, and understand the differences in chemical versus physical changes in matter.
9. Comparing Reversible & Irreversible Physical & Chemical Changes
A substance that changes form has undergone a physical change, which might be reversible. A substance that transforms into a different substance has undergone a chemical change, which is harder to reverse. Learn about reversible and irreversible changes.
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Other chapters within the Holt Physical Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 1: The World of Physical Science
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 3: States of Matter
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 4: Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 5: Matter in Motion
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 6: Forces and Motion
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 7: Forces in Fluids
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 8: Work and Machines
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 9: Energy and Energy Resources
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 10: Heat and Heat Technology
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 11: Introduction to Atoms
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 12: The Periodic Table
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 13: Chemical Bonding
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 14: Chemical Reactions
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 15: Chemical Compounds
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 16: Atomic Energy
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 17: Introduction to Electricity
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 18: Electromagnetism
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 19: Electronic Technology
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 20: The Energy of Waves
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 21: The Nature of Sound
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 22: The Nature of Light
- Holt Physical Science Chapter 23: Light and Our World