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Ch 1: Understanding Matter, Elements, Compounds & Mixtures

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Check out this chapter if you need help understanding mixtures, elements, matter and compounds. Our expert instructors created the engaging video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes found here to assist you as you prepare for a test or catch up after missing class.

Understanding Matter, Elements, Compounds & Mixtures - Chapter Summary

When you watch these video lessons, you'll review topics including elements, compounds, matter and mixtures. You'll study the physical property of matter and the different states of matter, among other subjects. Once you finish this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Provide examples of chemical properties of matter
  • Outline the different states of matter
  • Discuss chemical and physical changes to matter
  • Explain what elements are and why they're important
  • Describe compounds and the combining of chemical bonds with elements
  • Detail how mixtures are created
  • Define the law of conservation of matter
  • Identify the properties of groups and periods in the periodic table

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9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Matter, Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
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Physical Property of Matter: Definition & Examples

1. Physical Property of Matter: Definition & Examples

Every time you look at an object, you observe its properties. In this lesson, you will learn about the physical properties of matter so you can identify them in the future.

What Is a Chemical Property of Matter? - Definition & Examples

2. What Is a Chemical Property of Matter? - Definition & Examples

All matter is characterized based on its properties. In this lesson, you will learn about the different chemical properties of matter and ways to identify them.

States of Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases & Plasma

3. 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.

States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

4. 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.

What Are Elements?

5. 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.

What Is a Compound? - Combining Elements with Chemical Bonds

6. What Is a Compound? - Combining Elements with Chemical Bonds

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a compound is, identify compounds versus regular molecules, and describe the two types of bonding that form compounds. A short quiz will follow.

Creating Mixtures by Combining Elements & Compounds

7. Creating Mixtures by Combining Elements & Compounds

Do you really know what's in your tap water? It's not just water - it's a mixture of many different things. In fact, most things are mixtures of different elements and compounds that are physically joined together.

Law of Conservation of Matter: Definition & Matter

8. Law of Conservation of Matter: Definition & Matter

In this lesson, we'll learn the definition of the Law of Conservation of Mass, sometimes called the Conservation of Matter. This lesson explores the discovery of this important principle and covers a few examples of how it works.

The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

9. The Periodic Table: Properties of Groups and Periods

How is the periodic table like the map you used on your last road trip? In this lesson, you will be introduced to the periodic table, the road map of chemists. We will discuss how the elements are organized and how you can use this organization to identify some of their major physical properties.

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