Ch 3: Properties of Matter: Tutoring Solution

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe how elements come together to form matter.
  • Learn how to determine atomic number and mass number.
  • Become familiar with the physical and chemical properties of matter.
  • Discuss the states of matter.
  • Take a look at types of phase changes.
  • Discuss common types of chemical reactions.
  • Differentiate between nuclear and chemical reactions.
  • Use half-life to calculate radioactive decay.
  • Learn about the carbon and nitrogen cycles.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Properties of Matter: Tutoring Solution
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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.

Atomic Number and Mass Number

2. Atomic Number and Mass Number

Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything around you. In order to really understand how atoms combine to form molecules, it's necessary to be familiar with their structure. In this lesson, we'll dissect atoms so we can see just what really goes into those little building blocks of matter.

How Compounds and Molecules Are Built From Elements

3. 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.

Matter: Physical and Chemical Properties

4. 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

5. 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.

Phase Change: Evaporation, Condensation, Freezing, Melting, Sublimation & Deposition

6. Phase Change: Evaporation, Condensation, Freezing, Melting, Sublimation & Deposition

Substances on Earth can exist in one of four phases, but mostly, they exist in one of three: solid, liquid or gas. Learn the six changes of phase: freezing, melting, condensation, vaporization, sublimation and deposition.

Common Chemical Reactions and Energy Change

7. Common Chemical Reactions and Energy Change

This lesson covers the five common types of chemical reactions: combination, decomposition, single-replacement, double-replacement, and combustion. You will learn how to predict what kind of chemical reaction will occur. You'll also explore how matter is conserved, but energy can change.

Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

8. Nuclear Reaction: Definition & Examples

Learn the differences between a nuclear reaction and a chemical reaction. Also learn how the nuclear reaction involves subatomic particles including protons and neutrons. Discover the different types of nuclear reactions including fission and fusion and also how a nuclear power plant works to produce energy.

Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

9. Half-life: Calculating Radioactive Decay and Interpreting Decay Graphs

What causes a radioactive particle to decay? We'll never really know, but our best guess lies in probability. In this lesson, we are going to focus on the half-life, a way of measuring the probability that a particle will react.

Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle

10. Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle

Matter is constantly cycled between living and nonliving parts of the environment. Processes like photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation allow the carbon and nitrogen cycles to regenerate needed substances by recycling Earth's atoms.

Why Does Ice Float?

11. Why Does Ice Float?

Water has some unique properties that cause it to behave differently than many other substances. This lesson will explain one such property and explain why ice is less dense than liquid water.

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