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Phases of Matter:  Particle Model and Motion

Phases of Matter: Particle Model and Motion

Author: Scott Hopkins
  • I can determine the phase of matter of an object based on the position and motion of the particles that make up that object.
  • I can describe the properties of the three major phases of matter.

Matter is made up of tiny particles such as atoms or molecules.  The position and motion of these particles determines what phase the matter is in.  Similarly, the position and motion of these particles gives matter very specific properties (or characteristics).

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Tutorial Instructions:

Complete the items in this tutorial in order from top to bottom.  When you have finished all of the items, answer the quiz questions at the right.

Particle Motion Simulation for Phases of Matter

This simulation illustrates how particle motion changes based on the phase of matter. Click "Run Now".

Follow the instructions on the top half of the PDF, below. Record your responses on this PDF.

The Particle Model of Matter

Use this note-catcher to record your observations and notes from the simulation and video for this tutorial.


Source: Scott Hopkins

States of Matter (With Narration): Mocomi Kids

Particle arrangement and properties of the three major phases of matter are explained in this video.

Use the table on the bottom half of the note catcher, above this video, to describe the properties, particle arrangement, and particle motion for the 3 major phases of matter.