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Periodic table and chemical reactions: Overview

Science / Levels 9 and 10 / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences [ACSSU] [VCSSU]

Source:  Black, S., (2019), Digital montage.

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings
  • Understanding the development and importance of the trends of Periodic Table as a tool to determine the bonding types and properties of materials.
  • Use of analytical skills and chemical knowledge to synthesise data and make meaningful conclusions about various types and speed of chemical reactions.

Periodic table and chemical reactions | Keywords

Level 1Keywords

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Allotropes, Atom, Atomic mass, Chemical, Electron, Element, Isotopes, Metal, Neutron, Nobel gasNonmetal, Nucleus, Periodic table, Photon, Proton, Subatomic, Subatomic particle.

Periodic table and chemical reactions | Introduction

Level 1Articles

Level 2

Level 1 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view this video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.

"Introduction video on the periodic table being explained to chemistry school & science students . The video explains how there are 92 naturally occurring elements, one for each kind of atom, and how they are arranged into a table according to their relative weights. The expanded table is shown, and how this is abbreviated into the common Periodic Table. The division between metals, semi-metals and non-metals is discussed, with notable examples. It also shows how the elements are arranged in rows and groups, the latter containing elements with similar properties, like members of a family. " (AtomicSchool, 2014)


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Periodic table and chemical reactions | Key terms and concepts

Level 2Articles

Periodic table and chemical reactions | Groups

Level 1ArticlesThe vertical column (or list) of elements in the periodic table groups elements with the same characteristics. For example 'Group 1 includes hydrogen and the alkali metals, which have one electron in their outermost s sub-shell." (Royal College of Chemistry, n.d.). See the following resources for more information on groups.

Periodic Table with Groups

Groups include:

Periodic table and chemical reactions | Periods

Level 1Articles"In chemistry, the term period refers to a horizontal row of the periodic table. Elements in the same period all have the same highest unexcited electron energy level or same ground state energy level. In other words, each atom has the same number of electron shells... Period 8 consists solely of yet-to-be-discovered synthetic elements. Period 8 is not found on the typical periodic table, but does show up on extended periodic tables." (Helmenstine, 2018)

Periods in the Periodic Table

Periodic table and chemical reactions | Curriculum Alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes. Click on the links to explore more.

Australian Curriculum Alignment

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