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8SC - Chemistry for Life: States of matter and changes of state

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States of Matter: States, phase changes and interaction. With thanks to Ms Lynwood's students who suggested this site. 

Water in all its states:

  1. Place the empty beaker on the hotplate
  2. Open the freezer to fill the beaker with ice cubes
  3. Turn on the heat and observe

Solidification of a pure substance:

  1. Immerse the tube with water in the cooling liquid
  2. Immerse the temperature probe in the pure water
  3. Activate the stop watch and thermometer
  4. Graph your observations and check for verification of stages

Online encyclopaedias:

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Ready made citations are available.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation

  • Easy-to-understand articles
  • Built-in research tool
  • Text-to-speech tool can read aloud

Online databases:

A online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details.

Suggested articles would include:

ClickView online

Changes in the states of matter:

1. Identify the three states of matter

2. Understand how ice, water, and water vapour are formed.

Science Building Blocks - Changing States of Matter:

Using experiments, graphics and film this program explains the following topics for junior secondary science students.

TWIG World videos

Award winning teaching tools and educational resources for the classroom. Try films, experiments and worksheets matched to your curriculum. Access these through the Portal - Library - Twig videos. Check out this collection of resources for Matter:

Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

Baxter, R 2009, The particle model of matter, Raintree, Oxford, UK

March, RH 2018, 'Matter' , World Book Student, World Book, Chicago, viewed 20 November 2018,


Matter 2018. Britannica School. Retrieved 20 November 2018, from