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Ch 2: MTEL Chemistry: Properties of Matter

About This Chapter

Use the lessons in this chapter to prepare for questions regarding elements, compounds, and matter on the MTEL Chemistry exam. Take the self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of each topic.

MTEL Chemistry: Properties of Matter - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will prepare for the MTEL Chemistry exam by reviewing the properties and states of matter. After completing the lessons in this chapter you will have a better understanding of:

  • What makes up an element
  • Using elements to built compounds and molecules
  • The different techniques for separating mixtures
  • How to distinguish the chemicals in a solution
  • The physical and chemical properties of matter
  • Properties of matter as intensive or extensive
  • The different states of matter

Each lesson in this chapter has been developed by professionals to help you best absorb and preserve the information so you can feel prepared for the MTEL Chemistry exam. Use the timeline below the video if you need to return to a particular section of the lesson and take the self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to get an idea of how the questions may look on the exam.

MTEL Chemistry: Properties of Matter - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Chemistry exam is a professional certification exam for educators aspiring to teach chemistry courses in the state of Massachusetts. The exam is comprised of 4 subareas of content and the lessons in this chapter prepare you for questions related to the nature of science and properties of matter. Questions in this content subarea account for 20% of the final score.

The MTEL Chemistry exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions (80% of total score) and 2 open-ended questions (20% of total score). The open-ended questions could be related to any of the 4 content subareas so it's important to study for all of them, especially because your responses to these questions account for 20% of the final score. A score of 240 or higher is required to qualify for certification.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTEL Chemistry: Properties 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.

How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

2. 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.

Chromatography, Distillation and Filtration: Methods of Separating Mixtures

3. Chromatography, Distillation and Filtration: Methods of Separating Mixtures

What are some ways that mixtures can be separated? Watch this video to explore several examples of ways you can separate a mixture into its individual components.

How to Identify Chemicals in Solution: Test Methods & Materials

4. How to Identify Chemicals in Solution: Test Methods & Materials

Do you have a mysterious solution sitting around? Learn to identify it using one of the following methods: through precipitation, using conduction, using a flame test, using an acid-base indicator and observing the color of the solution.

Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

5. 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.

Examples of Intensive & Extensive Properties of Matter

6. Examples of Intensive & Extensive Properties of Matter

This lesson will explore some examples of intensive and extensive properties to help you identify them more easily in the future. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to define intensive and extensive properties and provide examples.

States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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