States of Matter: Basics

Lab type: 
Virtual lab
Lab owner: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Contact person: 
PhET Interactive Simulations
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14
Language: 
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Greek, Swedish, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Latvian, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Belarusian, Bosnian, Serbian
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Booking required: 
No
 
Lab description and primary aims of the lab: 

 

Heat, cool and compress atoms and molecules and watch as they change between solid, liquid and gas phases.

Sample learning goals:

  • Describe characteristics of three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.
  • Predict how varying the temperature or pressure changes the behavior of particles.
  • Compare particles in the three different phases.
  • Explain freezing and melting with molecular level detail.
  • Recognize that different substances have different properties, including melting, freezing and boiling temperatures.

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