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Stephanie R. Henderson
Manzano High School
Albuquerque, NM

Properties of Materials – Part A 

    Unit Objectives: By the end of this unit (Part A), you should be able to:

  1. Describe how objects in the universe range from smaller than atoms to larger than galaxies,
  2. Explain how the metric system works and compare it to the English system of measurement,
  3. Properly use metric prefixes [micro- (µ), centi- (c), deci- (d), kilo- (k), mega- (M), giga- (G)],
  4. Convert from smaller to larger units within the metric system and between the metric & English systems,
  5. Use scientific notation to simplify calculations,
  6. Use a calculator to figure basic functions, roots, and scientific notation,
  7. Measure distance, mass, volume and temperature with precision and accuracy,
  8. Recognize that there is uncertainty in all measurements,

    Key Terms - A:

  1. accuracy
  2. precision
  3. uncertainty
  4. significant figures
  5. scientific notation
  6. International System of Units
  7. length
  8. density
  9. mass
  10. weight
  11. volume
  12. temperature
  13. conversion factor
  14. heat transfer
  15. boiling point
  16. melting point
  17. evaporation
  18. condensation
  19. sublimation
  20. meter
  21. gram
  22. liter
  23. degree
  24. Celsius
  25. phase diagram

    Textbook Chapter(s): Addison-Wesley Chapter 2 – Scientific Measurement (Sections 2-1 à 2-9)

          Appendix B-1, B-2 – Math Review

    Grading Scale:


    B C D F
    176-200 pts 150-175 pts 124-149 pts 98-123 pts < 98 pts

C Layer:     You must earn at least 124 points, but may not exceed 149 points.  

                       > Required of everyone are the options marked R (Required)

                              >  You must do at least 1 options from the Basic Knowledge section

                              >  You must do at least 1 of the Basic Math options

                              >  You must do at least 1 options from the Accuracy & Precision section

                              >  You must do at least 2 options from the Scientific Notation & Conversions section

                              >  You must do at least 3 of the Measurement options.

* Choose extra assignments in order to earn the rest of your points from this layer.  Try to earn the maximum # of points!

  Assignment Description Worth




R Work Log for every day of this unit.  Turn it in at the end of the unit. 10    
R Attendance & Participation.  Mrs. H will keep track for this unit. 1/day    
R Unit 2A PreTest. 5    
R Choose an object for your semester project.  (Refer to Semester Project criteria.)  Refer to the Semester Project Sheet (purple) for criteria in selecting your object. 5    
  Make a definitions list for all key terms.  You’ll be quizzed randomly on 10 words. 10    
  Use all the key terms to make a concept map (web diagram).  Explain to teacher. 10    
  Make a 15-question quiz based on notes/reading.  Provide answer key.  Have a peer take it. 10    
  Take someone else’s quiz.  Have them correct it. 5    
  Listen to the lectures and take notes.  Have notes signed each day.   DAY  1   2   3   4   5  5/day    
  Rewrite the unit objectives as open-ended questions and answer each one correctly. 2/obj    
  BASIC MATH      
  Complete the Math Review worksheet.  Check your answers with someone else.  DON’T COPY!  Mrs. H will quiz you on 4 random problems. 10    
  Complete the other Math Review worksheet.  Check your answers with a peer.  Mrs. H will quiz you on 4 random problems. 10    
  Complete the Math Concepts Needed for Chemistry worksheet.  Show all your work.  Mrs. H will quiz you on 4 random problems. 10    
  Complete the Percentage Error worksheet.  Discuss with Mrs. H 5    
  Complete the Significant Figures & Calculations worksheet.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 10    
  Complete the Calculator worksheet.  Be sure to use a scientific calculator. 10    
  Complete the Precision, Accuracy & Significant Digits worksheet.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 10    
  Complete the Accuracy & Precision worksheet.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 5    
  Complete the worksheet “Scientific Notation.”  Show your work & discuss with Mrs. H. 10    
  Complete the Dimensional Analysis worksheet.  Show your work & discuss with Mrs. H. 10    
  Do the “Squares Activity.”  Cut & paste conversion factors correctly.  Discuss with Mrs. H. 5    
  Complete the Metrics & Measurements/Dimensional Analysis worksheet.  Discuss with Mrs. H 5    
  MEASUREMENT – Discuss your work with Mrs. H.      
  Measuring Length Worksheet 10    
  Measuring Mass Worksheet 10    
  Measuring Volume Worksheet 5    
  Measuring Temperature Worksheet 10    
  Phase Diagram worksheet 2    
  Science Project Scenario 10    
  Melting Point & Freezing Point worksheet 2    
  Reading a Thermometer/Temperature & Measurement worksheet 5    
  • B Layer:    Choose one assignment, worth up to 25 points.  Be sure you will have earned at least 124 points in the C Layer.
    Description Worth




    Complete the Density of Various Materials activity.  Write a lab report that follows B Layer Lab Guidelines. 25    
    How accurate and precise is your car’s speedometer?  Design and conduct an experiment to test this in both the English system of measurement and the Metric system. 25    
    Imagine that you have been invited to teach a lesson to your 4th grade teacher’s class.  Design an original measurement activity for his/her current students.  The activity you design should be long enough to last 50 minutes.  Include enough hands-on experiences to effectively teach your students about all measurements that we discussed in this unit.  (Refer to the appropriate product card for guidelines on this.)  
  • A Layer: Choose one!  Worth up to 25 points.  Be sure that you will have earned at least 150 points in the C & B Layers!
    Assignment Description Worth




    Could science exist without math?  Could math exist without science?  Explain. 25    
    Read the following article -  http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msp98/news/mco991110.html   Do you think the global scientific community should use one common measurement system?  Explain. 25    
    What type of work does a materials engineer do?  (<250 words) 25    
  1. Choose your topic. 
  2. Find 3 sources of info and complete an A Layer Assignment Sheet.
  3. Present your information in an essay (350+ words), a PowerPoint Presentation (6+ slides), or an oral presentation (3 min.)

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