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CHEM1011 - Resources for Week 1

Topics and Learning Outcomes

  • Elements and Atoms
    •  explain what an element is
    •  appreciate that elements may be metals or non-metals and may be solids, liquids or gases and what these terms mean
    •  recognize that elements are labelled using their chemical symbol
    •  explain the differences between elements, compounds and mixtures
    •  explain the difference between allotropes and the physical state of an element
    •  explain what atoms are and how they combine to form compounds
    •  appreciate the difference between physical and chemical properties
    •  list the particles that make up atoms, their symbols and their relative masses and charges
    •  read and write the atomic symbol containing the mass number and atomic number
    •  explain what isotopes are and work out the number of neutrons an isotope contains from its atomic symbol
    •  explain how elements can change into another by radioactive decay
    •  explain what light is and how its energy is related to its frequency and wavelength
    •  draw the shell structure of atoms with up to 18 electrons

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Elements and Atoms -  
  Test: chemical vs physical properties  
Description: 10 true/false questions to test your knowledge of which properties are termed physical or chemical.
Tags: physical properties | chemical properties  |  Contributed by Toby Hudson
  Separation Techniques - Sulfur and Iron Filings  
Description: A video to aid understanding of the differences between atoms, mixtures and compounds
Tags: atoms | mixtures | compounds  |  Contributed by Alice Williamson
  Welcome to the elements  
Description: A close look at chemical elements, the basic building blocks of the universe. Where do we get them, what do we use them for and how do they fit into the economy?
Tags: atoms | periodic table  |  Contributed by Adam Bridgeman

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