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Unformatted text preview: Chapter One CHEMISTRY: THE STUDY OF CHANGE
Matter and Its Properties
Units of Measurement
Math Review and Significant Figures
Factor-Label Method of Problem Solving INTRODUCTION
3. Describe matter and its physical states.
Describe the four main parts of the scientific method.
Define chemistry. About Chemistry. Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Matter is defined as
anything that has mass and occupies space. The three physical states of matter are solid, liquid, and gas. All
matter exists in one or another of these three states, depending on the temperature and pressure of the
surrounding environment. Chemists are concerned with developing the tools used to study matter and the
concepts useful in describing the properties of matter. They direct their efforts toward the purposeful changing of
given forms of matter into new and different substances, and to the discovery of the properties and uses of these
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2009 for the course CHEM 102 taught by Professor Bastos during the Spring '08 term at Adelphi.
- Spring '08