High School

Matter: Structure and Properties

Valence Electrons and Properties of Elements
Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Electrical Forces and Bulk Scale Structure
Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.

Fission, Fusion, and Radioactive Decay
Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Molecular-Level Structure of Designed Materials
Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.