Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

TLF ID L5821

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as a solid. This learning object is the second in a series of six objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Shows atomic-level views of substances belonging to three given states of matter.
  • Requires students to classify substances as solids, liquids or gases, based on the arrangement and motion of their particles.
  • Introduces the correspondence between macroscopic physical properties and microscopic particle arrangement.
  • Provides feedback to user input.
  • Includes an option to print a fact sheet summarising particle behaviour in solids, liquids and gases.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Liquid Animation Pty Ltd
  • Organization: Liquid Animation Pty Ltd
  • Description: Technical implementer
  • Address: QLD, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.liquidanimation.com/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Person: Erica Dale
  • Description: Script writer
  • Person: Graham Coghill
  • Description: Subject matter expert
  • Person: Denis Goodrum
  • Description: Educational validator
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
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