- Matter, quantities, measuring devices and the International System of Units.
- Mass, volume, density and temperature.
- Pure substances, homogeneous mixtures and heterogeneous mixtures.
- Separation of mixtures: sieving, decanting, filtering and distilling.
- The particle theory. Atoms, molecules and crystals.
- Chemical elements. The Periodic Table. Chemical symbols, atomic number, atomic mass.
- Chemical compounds. Molecular formulas and structural representations of molecules.
- The properties of solids, liquids and gases explained through the particle theory.
- The changes of state explained through the particle theory.
- Expansion and contraction by heat explained through the particle theory.
The International System of UnitsSource: Wikipedia
The International System of Units (abbreviated SI from the French language name Système international d'unités) is the world's most widely used system of units. The SI was developed in 1960 and, with few exceptions, is used in every country in the world.
The SI base units for the seven primary quantities are:
|Amount of substance||mole||mol|
Symbols are written in lower case, except for symbols derived from the name of a person. For example, the unit of electric current is named after André-Marie Ampère, so its symbol is written "A", whereas the unit itself is written "ampere". The only exception is the litre, whose original symbol "l" is unsuitably similar to the numeral "1"; thus it is recommended that "L" be used instead.
Abbreviated symbols should not be pluralized: for example "25 kg", not "25 kgs".
Symbols do not have an appended period (.) unless at the end of a sentence.
A prefix may be added to units to produce a multiple of the original unit. All multiples are integer powers of ten. For example, kilo- denotes a multiple of a thousand and milli- denotes a multiple of a thousandth. The SI main prefixes are as follows:
Quantities are the measurable properties of the physical bodies. Some of the most important ones are the following:
|Mass||Is the amount of matter in a body. Its unit in the SI is the kg.|
|Volume||Tells how much space an object occupies. Its unit in the SI is the m3.|
|Capacity||Is the amount of space that can be contained by a body. It is measured in L.|
|Density||Expresses how concentrated is the matter in a body, this is, how much matter is there in a given unit of volume in a body. It is always the same for the same type of substance, this is, it doesn't depend on the size of the object. Its unit in the SI is the kg/m3.|
|Temperature||It is not a kind of energy but a measure of the amount of heat in a body. It depends on the movement of its particles: the quicker the movement, the higher the temperature. Its unit in the SI is the K, but is commonly expressed in °C or °F.|
Characteristics of Some of the Common Chemical Elements Found in the Earth's Crust
|Symbol||Atomic number||Atomic mass||% in continental crust||Required for Life|
Mind Map: CalciumSource
States of matter, mixtures, solutions and more.
Measuring the Properties of Matter
Definitions and pronunciation for some of the units of the SI at the Visual Dictionary.
More definitions and pronunciation for some of the units of the SI at the Visual Dictionary.
Measuring devices of temperature, time, weight, thickness, distance, length and angles in the Visual Dictionary.
Learn the most widely used units (and its abbreviations and equivalences) for area, length, load, mass, speed, time and volume.
Atoms and Molecules
Images, definitions and pronunciation of matter components, chemical elements and laboratory equipment in the Visual Dictionary.
Visualize how atoms are related to common objects at Exploring Earth online book.
Test how many names of chemical elements can you remember in 15 minutes.
Excellent advanced lesson on the Periodic Table and the structure of the atoms, with interactive activities.
Eight online games to teach you the chemical elements, periodic table, and more.
A very good Periodic Table to learn about the properties, occurrrence and the applications of every chemical element.
Another Periodic Table with good information about the structure of every chemical element, its name, its discovery and its utility.
In many different languages and with links to the Wikipedia articles on each one of the chemical elements.
This one presents, for every element of the Table, a picture of some object or material where the chemical element is present. Just great.
Learn about the chemical elements by watching one video for each one of them. Awesome.
An entertaining way to get to know their very strange names.
Visualize common molecules at Exploring Earth online book.
Atoms, atomic particles, compounds and more.
Build interactively your favourite atom. (You've got one, don't you?). Tip: hit the "Next" button to the bottom, scroll up, and then hit "Enter" in your keyboard consecutively to not no have to scroll vertically anymore.
Plastics are everywhere. While you're reading this, there are probably numerous plastic items within your reach (your computer, your pen, your phone). A plastic is any material that can be shaped or molded into any form. Some are naturally occurring, but most are man-made. Learn more about them.
If you had to name the technologies that had the greatest effect on modern society, the refining of the heavy metal element iron would have to be near the top. Iron makes up a huge array of modern products, especially the carbon-rich one, which we call steel. Learn more.
View the inner structure of steel, progressively magnified.
View the inner structure of brass, progressively magnified.
View the inner structure of aluminium, progressively magnified.
View the inner structure of carbon fiber, progressively magnified.
View the inner structure of concrete, progressively magnified.
View the inner structure of a clay pot, progressively magnified.
Giant chart showing that a looming future without underground metal reserves is not too far away. With additional charts about the rates of consumption and recycling of many widely used metals.