In this activity, students develop a concept map to summarise current ideas about states of matter.

Most students are familiar with three states of matter – solid, liquid and gas. This activity introduces them to two new states – plasma and Bose-Einstein condensates.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • identify key ideas about states of matter from a written article
  • display the ideas in a concept map
  • identify and discuss similarities and differences between concept maps
  • recognise that concept maps are a useful method to communicate scientific knowledge.
  • appreciate that science knowledge about states of matter has changed over time.

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  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • sample concept map.

Nature of science

Science knowledge about states of matter has changed over time. Current ideas have built upon earlier work carried out by scientists.

    Published 12 April 2010