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The atomic structure and properties of elements are used to organise them in the Periodic Table (ACSSU186)

Elaborations
  • recognising that elements in the same group of the periodic table have similar properties
  • describing the structure of atoms in terms of electron shells
  • explaining how the electronic structure of an atom determines its position in the periodic table and its properties
  • investigating the chemical activity of metals
ScOT terms

Properties of matter,  Atoms

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The elements

Use a chemical analysis tool to help sort elements from compounds. Go to another universe where elements have different properties. Test the properties of elements and classify them in a table. Use the properties of known elements to classify others. Position elements in the periodic table. Check properties such as atomic ...

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The elements: mystery elements

Sort elements according to their properties into categories such as non-metal, metalloid, reactive gas or unreactive gas. Position elements in the periodic table according to their properties. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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The elements: element analyser

Use a chemical analysis tool to test properties of elements. Identify key properties of each element such as melting point and boiling point. Sort the elements into categories such as non-metal, metalloid, reactive gas or unreactive gas. Position groups of elements in the periodic table according to their properties. This ...

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The elements: fill the gaps

Use the properties of known elements to classify others. Position elements in the periodic table. Check properties such as atomic number, boiling point and reactivity. Use the patterns of properties within the periodic table to identify where other elements belong. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. ...

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Build an atom

This is an interactive resource that allows students to build an atom out of protons, neutrons, and electrons, and see how the element, charge, and mass change. Students can view the atoms using the electron shell model or cloud model. A small set of games give students the opportunity to review their understanding of how ...

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Chemical patterns: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials exploring many aspects of chemical reactions and properties including elements in the periodic table, chemical reaction rates, and the chemistry of fuels and plastics. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, video clips, ...

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The elements: classify elements

Go to another universe where elements have different properties. Use a chemical analysis tool to test properties of the alien elements. Build a table of properties to classify the elements. Use the patterns of properties within the table to identify where new elements belong. This learning object is one in a series of five ...

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Atomic structure

This is an interactive resource about ion formation, isotopes, and electron orbital placement. Students construct models of atoms with properties of particular mass and charge; create models of atoms with different stabilities by adding or subtracting neutrons, protons, and electrons to a model atom; and determine that ...

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Oresome elements

This resource is an interactive game in which floating symbols, representing the chemical elements, are dragged into their correct position on a Periodic Table of Elements. Players can click on the elements in the table to alternate between its name and symbol; and double click to see some of its properties and uses. This ...

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Precious metals

Why are some metals prized more for jewellery than others? Listen to presenter Bernie Hobbs explain the chemical reaction that affects the look and durability of metals. Using the periodic table and some dazzling computer graphics, Bernie demonstrates why 'oxygen-proof, low-reactivity, transition metals' such as gold keep ...

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Chemical Patterns: student guide

This is a student guide that takes an in-depth look at the periodic table, the properties of metals, chemical reaction rates, and the chemistry of fuels and plastics including future materials and applications. This resource contains different parts, each with information, images and diagrams, inquiry activities with detailed ...

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The elements: element analyser [ESL]

Use a chemical analysis tool to test properties of elements. Identify key properties of each element such as melting point and boiling point. Sort the elements into categories such as non-metal, metalloid, reactive gas or unreactive gas. Position groups of elements in the periodic table according to their properties. This ...

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The elements: fill the gaps [ESL]

Use the properties of known elements to classify others. Position elements in the periodic table. Check properties such as atomic number, boiling point and reactivity. Use the patterns of properties within the periodic table to identify where other elements belong. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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The elements: mystery elements [ESL]

Sort elements according to their properties into categories such as non-metal, metalloid, reactive gas or unreactive gas. Position elements in the periodic table according to their properties. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

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Chemical patterns: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide that contains an overview of lessons relevant to a unit on chemical patterns and reactions. It contains resources to assist planning and implementing a study of the different elements, the location of elements on the Periodic Table, metals, chemical reactions including reaction rates, and chemistry ...

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NOVA Elements - iTunes app

Explore the elements contained in the periodic table and the structure of some molecules found in everyday items. Build an element by adding the correct number of protons, neutrons and electrons, and construct a molecule by correctly placing atoms onto the structure. Symbols and formulas used to represent elements and molecules ...

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Nano-engineering: science fiction or reality?

Explore the amazing field of nano-engineering. Imagine being able to construct molecular-sized machines that could do specific tasks like carrying out nano-surgery on damaged cell structures in your body. Decide for yourself what might be possible and what might just be science fiction.

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Quick Periodic Table of the Elements - iTunes app

View the periodic table and the grouping of chemical elements according to their properties. View four periodic tables that visually summarise the properties of elements, and select elements to find out information about their chemical, atomic, mechanical and physical properties. Elements can also be searched and sorted ...

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Sites2See: Light and Matter

Links to resources to explore fundamental questions about light and matter and the application of the physics of light and matter to the past, the future and to space. Includes a quick quiz, links to additional DEC NSW physics resources and to the International Science School at the University of Sydney.

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Amazing materials from rearranged carbon atoms

Explore the different forms (allotropes) of the chemical element carbon. You will be surprised at how different the allotropes are.Meet key scientists, such as Harry Kroto, who have made amazing discoveries about new forms of carbon. Visualise how the atoms and outer electrons are arranged in different forms, so you can ...

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Exploring atoms: atom structure

See how scientists such as Ernest Rutherford have investigated the structure of atoms. Explore possible models. Fire charged particles at atoms and find which model best fits the results. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. Three of the objects are also packaged as a combined learning object.

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The elements: the periodic table: assessment

Assess your ability to classify elements and understand the periodic table. Examine the unique properties of each element. Identify trends in the periodic table and use them to locate elements within it. Answer a series of ten questions on the patterns that form the basis of the periodic classification. Print out a report ...

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VisChem topic 2: dissolution of an ionic salt

This web page contains a video clip, animations and student worksheets exploring the dissolving of ionic solids in water. The video clip has both filmed and animated scenes that compare the dissolving of sodium chloride with melting and show how the dissolving process can be represented by chemical equations. Important ...

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VisChem topic 7: intermolecular forces

This web page contains animations demonstrating situations in which dispersion forces, ion-dipole forces and hydrogen bonding occur. Several animations show hydrated ions, and the effect of hydration on dissolving and reaction rates is discussed in explanatory text. A document containing lesson plans and student worksheets ...

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VisChem topic 6: molecular structure, shape and polarity

This web page contains ten animations of molecules and compound ions as well as nine QTVR objects showing organic molecules. The animations rotate the molecules to show their structure fully. The QTVR objects can be manipulated by the user so that, as well as being rotated, different ways of modelling the molecules can be seen.

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VisChem topic 13: redox reactions

This web page contains a video, animations and a student worksheet investigating the redox reaction between copper metal and silver ions. The animations show important molecular-level segments from the video.

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VisChem topic 3: precipitation of an ionic salt

This web page contains a video clip, animations and student worksheets exploring the precipitation of silver chloride. The video has both filmed and animated scenes showing the process at observational and molecular levels. It explains how the reaction can be represented by a chemical equation.

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VisChem topic 9: physical properties of water

This web page contains a video, animations and a student worksheet exploring the influence of structure and bonding on the physical properties of water. Two animations showing structure and bonding in oxygen are provided for comparison.

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VisChem topic1: chemical bonding in pure substances in different states

This web page contains a collection of animations depicting copper, sodium chloride, water and oxygen at the molecular level. The animations show the arrangement of atoms, molecules and ions in solid, liquid and gaseous states as well as illustrating changes of state. Two animations demonstrate alternative methods of representing ...

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VisChem topic 8: chemical properties of water and aqueous solutions

This web page contains video clips, animations and student worksheets that investigate the chemical properties of water and aqueous solutions. The major topics cover the structure and bonding of water, acids and bases, dissolving, ionic solutions, precipitation and complexation.