This interactive activity from NOVA describes the crystalline structure of metal and uses animations to illustrate the molecular changes that occur when a metallic substance is bent, heated, or otherwise changed by external forces. It also explores the three main types of bonds that bind atoms together: metallic, ionic, and covalent. It is appropriate for grades 8-12.
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Editor's Note:See Related Materials for a classroom activity in which students construct a "wobbly" model of a crystal array to visualize how chemical energy is shared between neighboring atoms and how thermal processes and other forces can result in breaking of chemical bonds.
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August 16, 2011
by Caroline Hall
August 22, 2016
by Lyle Barbato
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December 30, 2009
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4D. The Structure of Matter
6-8: 4D/M1a. All matter is made up of atoms, which are far too small to see directly through a microscope.
6-8: 4D/M1cd. Atoms may link together in well-defined molecules, or may be packed together in crystal patterns. Different arrangements of atoms into groups compose all substances and determine the characteristic properties of substances.
6-8: 4D/M6a. There are groups of elements that have similar properties, including highly reactive metals, less-reactive metals, highly reactive nonmetals (such as chlorine, fluorine, and oxygen), and some almost completely nonreactive gases (such as helium and neon).
9-12: 4D/H7a. Atoms often join with one another in various combinations in distinct molecules or in repeating three-dimensional crystal patterns.
8. The Designed World
8B. Materials and Manufacturing
9-12: 8B/H4. Increased knowledge of the properties of particular molecular structures helps in the design and synthesis of new materials for special purposes.
11. Common Themes
6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Particles and Interactions and the Standard Model Unit Title: Properties of Matter
This interactive activity from NOVA describes the crystalline structure of metal and uses animations to illustrate the molecular changes that occur when a metallic substance is bent, heated, or otherwise changed by external forces. It also explores the three main types of bonds that bind atoms together: metallic, ionic, and covalent.
PBS LearningMedia: The Structure of Metal. (2009, December 30). Retrieved October 1, 2016, from WGBH Educational Foundation: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.matter.metal/the-structure-of-metal/
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