Levels 3 and 4
The Material World strand involves the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. In their study of chemistry, students develop understandings of the composition and properties of matter, the changes it undergoes, and the energy involved. They use their understanding of the fundamental properties of chemistry to make sense of the world around them. They learn to interpret their observations by considering the properties and behaviour of atoms, molecules, and ions. They learn to communicate their understandings, using the symbols and conventions of chemistry. Using their knowledge of chemistry, they are better able to understand science-related challenges, such as
The Structure of Matter (Level 4)
MW3/4-3: Begin to develop an understanding of the particle nature of matter and use this to explain observed changes.
Properties and Changes of Matter
MW3/4-1: Group materials in different ways, based on the observations and measurements of the characteristic chemical and physical properties of a range of different materials.
MW3/4-2: Compare chemical and physical changes.
Chemistry and Society
MW3/4-4: Relate the observed, characteristic chemical and physical properties of a range of different materials to technological uses and natural processes.