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Updated by Jeremy Mularella on Sep 26, 2014
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Properties of Matter

Student resources in chemistry that focus on intensive/extensive properties of matter (mass, weight, volume, density, etc.) and metric measurement

Properties of Matter - YouTube Playlist

Helpful videos that explain: metric measurement/units, mass, weight, volume, density, and intensive/extensive properties

Chapter 3: Density | Middle School Chemistry Unit

This "chapter" has some good information on mass, volume, and density. There are resources for both teachers and students, along with some sample multimedia.

Students - I recommend you download the "Student Reading PDF".

Your Weight on Other Worlds | Exploratorium

Great website that lets you calculate your weight (in any unit) on other "worlds" including planets, moons, and stars.

Science of NHL Hockey: Mass, Volume & Density

Explores the concepts of mass, volume, and density and how they are important to the sport of ice hockey.

Galileo Drops the Ball - Virtual Experiment

Recreate Galileo's legendary experiment by dropping objects of different masses from the leaning tower of Pisa. You can also drop them in a vacuum to see how air resistance affects this.

Science of NFL Football: Newton's First Law of Motion

Video discusses Newton's First Law of Motion and the role that unbalanced forces play whenever a ball carrier goes head to head with a defender. It discusses a player's inertia and the difference between mass and weight.


Excellent simulation! Unfortunately, it is not yet compatible with an iPad.

Why do objects like wood float in water? Does it depend on size? Create a custom object to explore the effects of mass and volume on density. Can you discover the relationship? Use the scale to measure the mass of an object, then hold the object under water to measure its volume.

Chemistry Review | Density | Inquiry in Action

Learn about the density of materials and some of the factors can change that density.