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  • Anything that has mass and takes up space (volume)
    • Examples:
      • A brick has mass and takes up space
      • A desk has mass and takes up space
      • A pencil has mass and takes up space
      • Air has mass and takes up space
  • All of the above examples are considered matter because they have mass and take up space. Can you think of anything that would not be considered matter?
  • Mass vs. Weight


  • Smallest possible unit into which matter can be divided, while still maintaining its properties
  • Over 100 different kinds of atoms exist (≈ 90 occur naturally and ≈ 25 made in labs)
  • Cannot be seen by the naked eye or even an optical microscope
  • Can combine, or bond, to create additional types of matter
  • Always moving when above the temperature of absolute zero
  • For example, what is the
  • smallest possible unit
  • into which a long essay can be
  • divided and still have some meaning?
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  • Taking a closer look will reveal that atoms are composed of smaller parts

Atoms are so small that…

  • it would take a stack of about 50,000 aluminum atoms to equal the thickness of a sheet of aluminum foil from your kitchen.
  • if you could enlarge a penny until it was as wide as the US, each of its atoms would be only about 3 cm in diameter – about the size of a ping-pong ball
  • a human hair is about 1 million carbon atoms wide.
  • a typical human cell contains roughly 1 trillion atoms.
  • a speck of dust might contain 3x1012 (3 trillion) atoms.
  • it would take you around 500 years to count the number of atoms in a grain of salt.
  • C-C-C-C-C-… + 999,995 more
  • 1 trillion atoms 
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  • Is made of approximately 3 trillion atoms
  • Just one of these grains

Let’s Experiment

    • Cut a strip of 11 in. paper in half.
    • Place one half on the table.
    • Cut the remaining piece in half.
    • Continue cutting and placing the strips on the table as many times as you can.
    • Make all cuts parallel to the first one.
  • In order to try to gain an idea of how small an atom really is, you will complete the following activity.
  • 1st
  • cut
  • 2nd
  • cut
  • 3rd
  • cut


  • How many cuts were you able to make?
  • Do you think you could keep cutting the paper forever? Why or why not?
  • You would have to cut the paper in half around thirty-one (31) times to get to the size of any atom.

Combining Atoms

  • There are over one hundred different types of atoms and they oftentimes combine to make new substances known as molecules and compounds
  • Molecule
  • Results from the bonding of
  • two or more atoms
  • Compound
  • A substance that contains two or more different elements (atoms)
  • Example – Oxygen Gas (O2)
  • Example – Water (H2 O)

Building Molecules/Compounds

  • Use the molecular model kit to build the following molecules/compounds
  • H – O - H
  • Water
  • (H2O)
  • Propane
  • (C3H8)
  • Glucose
  • (C6H12O6)
  • O – O
  • Oxygen Gas
  • (O2)
  • Which of these are
  • molecules?
  • Compounds?
  • Both?
  • Structural Diagrams
  • Show atomic arrangement of
  • molecule/compound
  • Chemical Symbol
  • Abbreviation for the element/atom
  • Chemical Bond
  • Link holding atoms together

Molecule, Compound, or Both?

  • H2
  • Hydrogen
  • NO2
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Cl2
  • Chlorine
  • O2
  • Oxygen
  • NO
  • Nitric Oxide
  • CO2
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • N2
  • Nitrogen
  • H2O
  • Water
  • CH4
  • Methane

Comparing Atoms, Molecules, Compounds, and Elements

  • Atom
  • Element
  • Compound
  • (or molecule)
  • Molecule
  • What’s
  • the matter?

Combining Molecules/Compounds

  • a combination of two or more substances that do not combine chemically, but remain the same individual substances is known as a mixture
  • can be separated by physical means
  • two types
      • Heterogeneous
      • Homogeneous
  • Based on the prefixes
  • “hetero” and “homo,”
  • what do you think are
  • characteristics of these
  • two types of mixtures?

Creating Mixtures – Part 1

  • Procedures/Questions
    • Describe and draw what you see in the cups.
    • Pour the contents of cups A and cup B into a beaker and mix with a glass stirring rod.
    • Describe and draw what you see in the beaker after cups A and B are combined.
    • Using any means necessary, try to separate the mixture back into its original parts. Was it possible to separate the mixture? Why or why not?

Heterogeneous Mixture

  • “Hetero” means different
  • consists of visibly different substances or phases (solid, liquid, gas)
  • a suspension is a special type of heterogeneous mixture of larger particles that eventually settle
  • Example:
  • Trail Mix
  • Notice the
  • visibly
  • different
  • substances

Creating Mixtures – Part 2

  • Procedures/Questions
    • Describe and draw what you see in the cups.
    • Pour the contents of cups C and cup D into a beaker and mix with a glass stirring rod.
    • Describe and draw what you see in the beaker after cups C and D are combined.
    • Using any means necessary, try to separate the mixture back into its original parts. Was it possible to separate the mixture? Why or why not?

Homogeneous Mixture

  • “Homo” means the same
  • has the same uniform appearance and composition throughout; maintain one phase (solid, liquid, gas)
  • commonly referred to as solutions
  • Example:
  • Salt Water
  • Notice the
  • uniform
  • appearance

Physical Properties of Matter

  • any property of matter that can be observed or measured without changing the identity of the matter
  • Examples
  • color
  • shape
  • taste
  • state/phase
  • density
  • D = m
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Chemical Properties of Matter

  • any property of matter that describes a substance based on its ability to change into a new substance
  • Examples
  • flammability
  • reactivity with vinegar
  • reactivity with oxygen
  • Iron + Oxygen  Iron oxide (rust)
  • 4Fe + 3O2  2Fe2O3

Chemical or Physical Property?

  • Paper is white
  • Boiling point of H2O is 100oC
  • Zinc reacts with hydrochloric acid and creates hydrogen gas
  • Nitrogen does not burn
  • Sulfur smells like rotten eggs
  • Physical Property
  • Physical Property
  • Physical Property
  • Chemical Property
  • Chemical Property

Comparing Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Substance/Matter
  • Physical Property
  • Chemical Property
  • Helium
  • Less dense than air
  • Nonflammable
  • Hydrogen
  • Less dense than air
  • Flammable
  • Wood
  • Grainy texture
  • Flammable
  • Baking soda
  • White powder
  • Reacts with vinegar to produce bubbles
  • Powdered sugar
  • White powder
  • Does not react with vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clear liquid
  • Flammable
  • Red food coloring
  • Red color
  • Reacts with bleach and loses color
  • Iron
  • Malleable
  • Reacts with oxygen

Physical Change

  • a change in shape, size, color, or state
  • a change without a change in chemical composition
  • a change that is reversible
    • The Mixtures Lab
  • Examples
  • tearing paper
  • cutting your hair
  • change in state

Changes in States (Physical Changes)

  • Melting
  • Vaporization
  • (Evaporation/Boiling)
  • Freezing
  • Condensation
  • All changes in state require a change in energy
  • Sublimation
  • Bose-Einstein
  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Gas
  • Plasma
  • Disposition
  • Why do you think Bose-Einstein and plasma are not equally distanced from the other three states of matter?
  • Ionization
  • Recombination

Phase Changes Simulation

Chemical Change

  • a change in which a substance becomes another substance having different properties
  • a change that is not reversible using ordinary physical means
  • Changes that usually cause heat, sound, light, odor, fizzing/foaming, color changes
  • You usually need more than one of the above characteristics to be considered a chemical change!
  • Examples
  • combining sulfuric acid and sugar
  • burning a piece of wood
  • soured milk

Chemical or Physical Change?

  • Bending a Paper Clip
  • Baking a cake
  • The sublimation of carbon dioxide
  • Crushing an aluminum can
  • Vinegar and baking soda combining to create salt and water
  • Physical Change
  • Chemical Change
  • Chemical Change
  • Physical Change
  • Physical Change

Mass vs. Weight

  • Mass
  • a measure of how much matter an object is made of
  • does not change, regardless of where something or someone is
  • Weight
  • the force of gravity on an object
  • equal to the mass of the body times the local acceleration of gravity
  • Why do you think the person’s weight is less on the moon?
  • Mass = 59 kg
  • Mass = 59 kg
  • Weight = 579 N
  • Weight = 96 N
  • Misconception Alert!
  • Does gravity always pull things down?


  • A pure substance made up of one kind of atom
  • cannot be broken down or separated into simpler substances by physical or chemical means
  • Over 100 kinds of elements exist
    • 90 occur naturally on Earth
    • 25 were made by scientists in labs
  • Element Song

5 Physical States of Matter

  • Bose-Einstein
  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Gas
  • Plasma
  • (Newest State)

Bose-Einstein Condensate

  • Exist at extremely cold temperatures (around absolute zero or -460 oF)
  • Particles are super unexcited
  • Particles lock or “clump” together so firmly that they move as a single unit
  • Definite shape and volume (?)


  • Particles are tightly compact
  • Particles vibrate without the ability to move freely
  • Definite shape and volume
  • Solid Animation


  • Particles are tightly compact, but able to move around close to each other
  • No definite shape, but definite volume
  • Liquid Animation


  • Particles can easily spread out or move close together
  • Particle move freely and with a lot of energy
  • No definite shape or volume
  • Gas Simulation


  • Exist at extremely high temperatures (several million degrees Celsius)
  • Particles are broken apart
  • Particles move freely and with extremely high energy
  • This form is not too common on Earth, however it is the most common form of matter in the universe
  • No definite shape or volume (?)
  • Examples: Florescent and neon lights, lightning, aurora borealis
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  • Why do you think this is the most common form/state of matter in the universe?
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Energy and the States of Matter

  • The physical states of matter result from the amount of energy the particles composing the matter have. Basically, more energy means more movement for the particles and less energy means less movement.
  • Energy/Temperature and Matter Simulations
    • PhET
    • BEC: Temperature and Absolute Zero
  • If you were to compare an ice cube and the steam created
  • from boiling water, which would you think has more energy?

States of Matter Continuum

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  • What about this continuum could
  • be considered a little misleading?
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  • State the Phase
  • Plasma
  • Solid
  • B.E.C.
  • Liquid
  • Gas

Layering Liquids

  • Using a test-tube and the eyedroppers, try to layer the four different
  • colored liquids so that the colors don’t mix and show distinct layers.
  • Hold the test-tube in your hand at a 45 degree angle.
  • Using the eyedropper from one of the colors, slowly place the
  • liquid into the test-tube.
  • Repeat step two using the other three liquids until you get them
  • layered. Record the order of the colors.
  • If you don’t get clear separation of the colors, you should empty the
  • contents of the test tube down the drain and start again. These steps
  • may need to be repeated several times until you discover the correct
  • order of the colors.
  • *Placing white paper behind the straws will help you
  • see the divisions

Layering Liquids - Discussion

  • Were you capable of layering the four liquids? If so, what was the correct order from the bottom up?
  • What difficulties did you experience when performing this activity?
  • Why do you think the liquids created layers when putting them in the test tube in the correct order?
  • Because these liquids are miscible, or partially miscible, they did not really create distinct layers. What do you think it means to be miscible?


  • a measure of the amount of matter (mass) present in a given volume of a substance
  • typically expressed in the following units:
    • grams per cubic centimeter (g/cm3) for solids
    • grams per milliliter (g/ml) for liquids
  • does not depend on how much of a substance you have (intrinsic property) – in other words, the density of a gold bar would be the same as the density of a gold flake
  • can change as temperature and pressure change
  • Which do you think
  • is more dense? Why?

Calculating Density

  • Density can be calculated by dividing the mass of an object by its volume
  • D = m
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  • Sample Problem
  • Timothy found a solid metal block
  • that has a mass of 100 grams and
  • a volume of 25 cm3. What would be
  • the density of the block?
  • D = =
  • 100 grams
  • 25 cm3
  • 4 grams
  • cm3

Practice Problems

  • Find the density of a substance with a mass of 27 g and a volume of 7 cm3.
  • 2. A block of maple has a mass of 20 grams and a volume of 26.5 cm3. What is the density of the block?
  • D = m
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  • D = m
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  • D =
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  • 27 g
  • 7 cm3
  • 3.86 grams
  • cm3
  • D =
  • 20 grams
  • 26.5 cm3
  • =
  • 0.75 grams
  • cm3
  • The Density Triangle
  • D
  • V
  • m
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  • D = m
  • V
  • V = m
  • D
  • m = D V
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