By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Describe proper laboratory attire and behavior.
  • Identify laboratory equipment and define its purpose.
  • Interpret chemical safety information from Safety Data Sheets, the NFPA diamond, and chemical labels.
  • Identify chemical safety pictograms and symbols.
  • Set up and use a Bunsen burner in the laboratory.
  • Argue a scientific claim through presentation of evidence and reasoning.
  • Identify the independent and dependent variable in an experiment.
  • Describe the difference between a source of error and a human mistake in the laboratory.
  • Identify what a chemical property is and be able to give some examples.
  • Identify what a physical property is and be able to give some examples.
  • Describe how a physical change occurs and how it is different from a chemical change.
  • Describe how a chemical change occurs and know the indicators of a chemical reaction.
  • Explain the differences between a substance and a mixture.
  • Compare and contrast homogeneous and heterogeneous matter.
  • Identify the difference between the particle movement in a solid, liquid, and a gas.
  • Name each phase change and specifically describe which states of matter are involved.
  • Determine which separation technique would best isolate the components in a mixture.
  • Identify the group and period of any element from the periodic table.
  • Classify the elements of the periodic table by their properties (metal, metalloid, and nonmetal).


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NFPA Diamond

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Video: Physical vs. Chemical Properties

Video: States of Matter

Video: Physical vs. Chemical Changes