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Ch 1: Understanding Matter Lesson Plans

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The Understanding Matter chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the properties of matter, chemical reactions and phase changes in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Understanding Matter chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Physical and chemical properties of matter Common physical properties of matter, common chemical properties of matter, distinguishing characteristics of pure substances and mixtures
Tuesday States of matter Plasma, gases, liquids, solids, kinetic molecular theory and how it explains the properties of liquids and solids
Wednesday Phase diagrams and changes Determining critical point, triple point and phase equilibrium boundaries based on a phase diagram; changing phase through evaporation, condensation, freezing, melting, sublimation and deposition
Thursday Chemical reactions Ordinary chemical reactions, energy change, Avogadro's Number, endothermic reactions, exothermic reactions
Friday Separating mixtures Chromatography, filtration, distillation, deciding which method is appropriate for use with a given mixture

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Matter Lesson Plans
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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.

The Kinetic Molecular Theory: Properties of Solids and Liquids

3. The Kinetic Molecular Theory: Properties of Solids and Liquids

This lesson explores the kinetic molecular theory and how it pertains to the properties of solids and liquids. You'll learn the properties of solids and liquids, discover the types of intermolecular attractions that occur between them and gain an understanding how phase changes happen.

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

7. Avogadro's Number: Using the Mole to Count Atoms

How do we move from the atomic world to the regular world? Because atoms are so tiny, how can we count and measure them? And what do chemists celebrate at 6:02 AM on October 23rd each year? In this lesson, you will be learning how Avogadro's number and the mole can answer these questions.

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

8. Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Explore a chemical reaction at the molecular level. Learn about exothermic and endothermic reactions, what they look like and what happens when they occur. Understand enthalpy and how you can use it to predict whether a reaction will be exothermic or endothermic.

Chromatography, Distillation and Filtration: Methods of Separating Mixtures

9. 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.

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