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Ch 19: Physical Science in Early Childhood Education

About This Chapter

This chapter looks at physical science from the angle of early childhood education. The included lessons examine key concepts within the field, breaking down their forms and defining important terms to know.

Physical Science in Early Childhood Education - Chapter Summary

The lessons within this chapter explore various concepts and properties essential to the study of physical science, with topics geared especially towards early childhood education. You'll learn about subjects like electricity, heat, magnetic force, and more. By the time you finish the chapter, you'll have reviewed each of the following:

  • The relationships between light and matter, and sound and matter
  • The properties and states of matter
  • The definition of sound and the influences on its speed
  • The process of breaking down compounds

Both the videos and transcripts of the material contain features designed to help you navigate the content. The timeline tool underneath the videos allows you to jump around main aspects of the lessons while the bolded terms throughout the transcripts make for an easy way of picking out important terms and topics.

9 Lessons in Chapter 19: Physical Science in Early Childhood Education
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Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

1. 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.

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases, & Plasma

2. States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases, & Plasma

Learn the four states of matter in the universe: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. Learn about the differences in shape and volume among the four states, which of the states is the most common and why plasma conducts electricity.

How Light & Matter Interact

3. How Light & Matter Interact

This lesson will go over the fundamental basic of how light and matter interact with one another. You'll learn about photons, excited atoms, binding energy, and energy levels.

What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

4. What is Sound? - Definition and Factors Affecting the Speed of Sound

Explore the minute workings of sound waves and how they travel. We'll discuss the main factors that affect the speed of sound waves, and we'll try some mathematical problems involving the wave equation.

How Do Sound and Matter Interact?

5. How Do Sound and Matter Interact?

Learn how sound and matter are related and what happens when a sound wave reaches a new material. Also discover how absorption and reflection of sound can be useful. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

6. What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of heat and find out how it differs from temperature. You will also explore practical applications of heat such as expansion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, specific heat, phase transitions, and heat engines.

What Is Electricity? - Definition & Concept

7. What Is Electricity? - Definition & Concept

Learn the history of electricity, from Ben Franklin's kite experiment to laptop batteries. Explore the many different ways electricity is measured, generated, and stored.

How Compounds are Broken Down: Heat & Electricity

8. How Compounds are Broken Down: Heat & Electricity

Compounds can be broken down into smaller compounds or their basic elements by chemical change. Sometime this breakdown requires energy. Learn how some compounds are broken down with heat or electricity.

Magnetic Force: Definition, Poles & Dipoles

9. Magnetic Force: Definition, Poles & Dipoles

You're probably familiar with magnets, but have you ever stopped to consider how they work? In this lesson, we'll look at the root of magnetism and some of the fundamental properties of magnets.

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