Ch 4: What Is Matter?: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The What is Matter? unit of this High School Chemistry Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the properties of matter. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Chemistry Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the properties of matter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about matter. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the properties and states of matter, how matter can change and the relationships between its characteristics and behaviors.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and the Matter unit exam on matter confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

What is Matter? Unit Objectives:

  • Learn to classify types of matter and differentiate between their chemical and physical properties.
  • Identify the different phases of matter.
  • Understand the methods used to separate mixtures.
  • Learn about titration and its use for determining the concentration of an acid or base.
  • Explain the use of Beer's law in discerning the relationship between absorbance and concentration.

5 Lessons in Chapter 4: What Is Matter?: Homeschool Curriculum
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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.

Examples of Intensive & Extensive Properties of Matter

2. Examples of Intensive & Extensive Properties of Matter

This lesson will explore some examples of intensive and extensive properties to help you identify them more easily in the future. At the end of this lesson, you should be able to define intensive and extensive properties and provide examples.

States of Matter and Chemical Versus Physical Changes to Matter

3. 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.

Chromatography, Distillation and Filtration: Methods of Separating Mixtures

4. 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.

Beer's Law: Absorbance & Concentration

5. Beer's Law: Absorbance & Concentration

Beer's Law relates the absorbency of a substance to its chemical concentration. In this lesson, we'll review light transmittance and absorbance and how Beer's Law is used to determine chemical concentrations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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