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3.1: Chapter 3: Introduction to Matter

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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Chapter Overview

Matter is anything that has mass and volume. Matter has both physical and chemical properties. Elements are pure substances with unique properties. Compounds are unique substances that form when two or more elements combine chemically. Physical changes in matter are changes in physical properties. Chemical changes in matter are changes in chemical properties. Matter cannot be created or destroyed, even when it changes.

Online Resources

See the following Web sites for appropriate laboratory activities:

At the following URL, the first part of the lab is a good choice for Lesson 3.1; add the graphing part for enrichment.

For Lesson 3.2, students can do the lab “Messing with Mixtures.” Worksheets and background notes are provided at these URLs:

This teacher-developed lab hones students’ observational skills and really reinforces the differences between physical and chemical changes.

These Web sites may also be helpful:

For Lesson 3.1, teach mass and volume with the mass and volume PowerPoint presentations and worksheets at this URL: http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classmetric.html.

Students can delve more deeply into elements in Lesson 3.2 with the activity at the following URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/3114_origins.html.

When you teach Lesson 3.3, students can explore physical and chemical changes in matter with this excellent animation: http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/ViewObject.aspx?ID=SCE204.

Pacing the Lessons

Lesson Class Period(s) (60 min)
3.1 Properties of Matter 1.5
3.2 Types of Matter 2.5
3.3 Changes in Matter 2.0

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