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Ch 28: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): States of Matter & Phase Changes

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These lessons will help you review the kinetic theory of matter, different states of matter and phases of change between the states of matter. Use this chapter as part of your review for the MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): States of Matter & Phase Changes - Chapter Summary

Complete this chapter to improve your understanding of the states of matter and the process of changing from one state to another. Start by watching our expert instructors in this series of short videos that explain:

  • Chemical and physical changes in matter
  • Calculations of mass and weight
  • Four states of matter and the kinetic theory
  • Phase diagrams and heating curves
  • Properties of water, different types of metals and crystal structures
  • Solutions, salutes and solvents
  • Osmosis, diffusion and saturation
  • The ideal gas law

To further review these topics, read the lesson transcripts, which are written overviews of the lessons that help you identify the key vocabulary of the chapter. Then use the quizzes to find any material of the lessons which you didn't understand. Once you have completed these lessons and quizzes, make sure you are prepared for questions on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Integrated Science (Secondary) exam about the different states of matter by taking the practice chapter exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): States of Matter & Phase Changes Chapter Objectives

Passing the MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam is one requirement for educators seeking certification to become high school science teachers in the state of Michigan. This certification exam is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions that are administered with a 4.5-hour paper-based test or a 2.5-hour computer-based test. Twenty-five percent of these questions test your knowledge about the physical sciences, and this section may include some questions about the properties and states of matter.

13 Lessons in Chapter 28: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): States of Matter & Phase Changes
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States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

1. 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.

Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations

2. Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations

We often talk about mass and weight as if they are the same. While they are proportional to each other, they are not, in fact, the same. In this video lesson, you will learn to distinguish between the two, as well as convert one to the other.

The Kinetic Theory of Matter: Definition & The Four States of Matter

3. The Kinetic Theory of Matter: Definition & The Four States of Matter

Everything on Earth is made of matter, but that matter isn't always the same. Matter can exist in four different phases, and the kinetic theory of matter helps us understand the differences between those phases.

Phase Diagrams: Critical Point, Triple Point and Phase Equilibrium Boundaries

4. Phase Diagrams: Critical Point, Triple Point and Phase Equilibrium Boundaries

Learn what a phase diagram is and how to interpret phase diagrams. Discover how to use a phase diagram to locate the phase equilibrium boundaries. Also, learn what a triple point and critical point are and how to locate them on a phase diagram.

Phase Changes and Heating Curves

5. Phase Changes and Heating Curves

Learn the phases - gas, liquid, solid and plasma. Learn what a phase diagram is and what terms describe the movement between phases: melting, sublimating, freezing, vaporization, condensation, and deposition. Discover why heating curves have plateaus, what a phase transition is, and what happens during this transition.

Properties of Water

6. Properties of Water

Why does ice float? Why can water rise on its own against gravity in a small tube? Find out how these mysterious properties of water can be explained by hydrogen bonds.

Metals on the Periodic Table: Definition & Reactivity

7. Metals on the Periodic Table: Definition & Reactivity

Look around for a second...how many metallic things can you see? Generally when we think of metals, we think of substances that are shiny and durable; however, they're also in our food and in our bodies. Learn what makes a metal a metal and why metals are special.

Transition Metals vs. Main Group Elements: Properties and Differences

8. Transition Metals vs. Main Group Elements: Properties and Differences

Which is better: to be steadfast and consistent or to be a colorful chameleon? This lesson compares and contrasts the main group elements and the transition metals. Then make your own decision!

Crystal Structures and the Unit Cell

9. Crystal Structures and the Unit Cell

This crystallography lesson explores the structure and properties of crystals. You'll learn about the parts of a crystal structure, types of crystals and patterns created by unit cells.

Solutions, Solutes, and Solvents

10. Solutions, Solutes, and Solvents

Oh no! Your friend Ben just drank chili oil on a dare, and now his mouth is burning. Should he drink the ice water or vegetable oil to cool his mouth? Quick. Watch this lesson if you aren't sure.

Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation

11. Osmosis, Diffusion and Saturation

The cells in our bodies are in constant flux through the processes of osmosis and diffusion. Learn about how saturation levels force change, and why we're lucky they do.

The Ideal Gas Law and the Gas Constant

12. The Ideal Gas Law and the Gas Constant

Have you ever wondered why the pressure in your car's tires is higher after you have been driving a while? In this lesson, we are going to discuss the law that governs ideal gases and is used to predict the behavior of real gases: the ideal gas law.

Using the Ideal Gas Law: Calculate Pressure, Volume, Temperature, or Quantity of a Gas

13. Using the Ideal Gas Law: Calculate Pressure, Volume, Temperature, or Quantity of a Gas

In another lesson, you learned that the ideal gas law is expressed as PV = nRT. In this video lesson, we'll go one step further, examining how to rearrange the equation to solve for a missing variable when the others are known.

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