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Learning objects Types of matter: compounds and mixtures

TLF ID L5824

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how many types of molecules they contain. Classify the substances as pure compounds or mixtures. For example, classify water as a pure compound and coffee as a mixture. This learning object is the fifth in a series of six objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students interpret atomic-level views of substances.
  • Students classify substances as pure compounds or mixtures based on the number of types of molecules they contain.
Educational value
  • Shows atomic-level views of substances.
  • Requires students to classify substances as pure compounds or mixtures based on the number of types of molecules they contain.
  • Explains that mixtures contain more than one type of molecule, whereas compounds contain one type of molecule made up of more than one type of atom.
  • Provides feedback to user input.
  • Includes an option to print a fact sheet summarising the difference between pure compounds and mixtures.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Common substances
    • Science/Basic properties
    • Science/Investigation
    • Science/Molecules
    • Science/Observable properties
    • Science/Matter
    • Science/Properties
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Abstraction;
    • Comprehension activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.