This week your curious chemists have been exploring the basic properties of matter, including attractions between particles at the solid, liquid, and gaseous levels. They have also learned how thermometers measure the energy of particles, and they investigated (through video) some interesting properties of mercury. In the upcoming week, I will assess their understanding of the interaction of particles in hot and cold substances, as well as solids, liquids, and gases through modeling. Following the assessment, chemists will inquire about the types of energy transfer. They will be able to compare different types of energy transfer, and diagram examples. I am delighted by the questions your children have been asking in class, including questions about absolute zero, non-Newtonian substances, and the mass of air. I don’t always have the answers, but I do love the curiosity!
Thank you for all you do to support and encourage your emerging scientists!