Fundamental Chemistry: Matter and Measurement
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Fundamental Chemistry: Matter and Measurement

Comprehensive theory and problem solving in classifying matter, significant figures, dimensional analysis, and more!
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What Will I Learn?
  • Solve problems and grasp theoretical concepts in...
  • Visualizing molecules through two types of molecular models
  • Understanding the composition of matter
  • Classifying matter by physical state
  • Classifying matter by composition
  • Understanding the different types of mixtures
  • Separating mixtures based on their properties
  • Comparing and contrasting physical and chemical properties
  • Comparing and contrasting physical and chemical changes
  • Following the rules of significant figures
  • Using significant figures in calculations
  • Rounding numbers appropriately
  • Converting between a variety of SI units and prefixes
  • Converting between Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit scales
  • Using dimensional analysis to solve complicated problems
  • Using density and volume conversions in dimensional analysis
  • Using SI units and prefixes in dimensional analysis
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  • I will provide all necessary background info and beyond.
  • A scientific calculator could be useful, though not necessary.

A strong conceptual and problem solving foundation makes an immense difference in how well you grasp further topics in chemistry; Fundamental Chemistry: Matter and Measurement will do just that for you.

Build a powerful skill set in problem-solving and grasping chemistry topics in this introductory course.

  • Learn about the fundamentals of matter, ions, significant figures, dimensional analysis, and more
  • Follow along with me as I show you how to solve common chemistry problems after every unit section
  • Build confidence in chemistry by solving problems on your own in end-of-section quizzes

Mastering Chemistry Is A Cakewalk!

Overview of Course

Fundamental Chemistry: Matter and Measurement was designed to produce a simple learning experience for the student. Unlike other courses, we have put together a comprehensive overview of the major topics in this section to best prepare you in your study of chemistry.

The course is divided into 6 major sections: an introduction to definition in chemistry, classifying matter, properties of matter, measurement in science, significant figures, and dimensional analysis or factor-label method. 

Each major section ends with several lessons on problem solving to coach you through the most typical questions you'll encounter in your classes. Suitable for any beginner, high school, advanced placement (AP), and introductory college levels, Fundamental Chemistry: Matter and Measurement is also a great way to refresh the basics while prepping yourself for exams.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners
  • HIgh school students
  • AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry students
  • College students (introductory chemistry level)
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:26
1.1 What is Chemistry?
2 Lectures 11:01

What is the study of chemistry? Intro to elements, atoms, and molecular models: space-filling and ball-and-stick.

Preview 05:49

Problem solving on different molecular models and structure vs. composition.

Preview 05:12

Quiz 1.1
1.2 Classifying Matter
4 Lectures 29:45

Learn how to classify matter by physical state (gas, liquid, solid) and composition, understand pure substances (elements, compounds) vs. mixtures (homogeneous, heterogeneous).

Classifying Matter

Problem solving on navigating the periodic table for finding elements and chemical symbols.

Problem Solving – Periodic Table Navigation

Problem solving on classifying matter by composition—mixtures and pure substances.

Problem Solving – Classifying by Composition

Understand how the law of constant composition can be used.

Problem Solving – Law of Constant Composition

Quiz 1.2
1.3 Properties of Matter
3 Lectures 16:47

Learn about the chemical and physical properties of matter; the chemical and physical changes of matter. Finally, understand how to separate mixtures by filtration, distillation, and paper chromatography.

Properties of Matter

Separating Mixtures

Understand how to apply knowledge of properties and chemical/physical changes. Apply knowledge of properties to explain how to separate mixtures.

Problem Solving

Quiz 1.3
1.4 Measurement
8 Lectures 39:01

Learn about SI units and their prefixes. Length and mass is discussed as common dimensions of measurement used in chemistry. Understand the difference between weight and mass.

Measurement – SI Units, Prefixes, Length & Mass

Learn the different scales of temperature. Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit, the units for each, and how to convert between the different scales with given equations.

Measurement – Temperature

Learn about derived units and how to find the volume and density of matter. 

Measurement – Derived units, Volume, and Density

Practice learning the prefixes of SI units through this exercise in helping you remember them.

Problem Solving – Prefix Practice

Learn to convert units by manipulating the exponent associated with the prefix and the base value of the number.

Problem Solving – Unit Conversions with Logic Method

Apply your knowledge of the density equation, D = M / V, to solve for density, mass, and volume. Learn how to manipulate the density equation to solve for all listed values.

Problem Solving – Density, Mass, and Volume

Learn how to find the density of an irregularly shaped object whose volume cannot be measured by conventional means.

Problem Solving – Density by Displacement

Understand how to use the temperature scale conversion equations for Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit.

Problem Solving – Temperature Scale Conversions

Quiz 1.4
1.5 Significant Figures
8 Lectures 30:26

Learn why we use significant figures in science; the different between accuracy and precision; the difference between exact and inexact numbers.

Significant Figures – Introduction and General Guidelines

Learn when zeroes are significant or not significant.

Significant Figures – Rules for Zeroes

Understand how to apply the rules of significant figures in multiplication and division.

Significant Figures – In Multiplication and Division

Learn how to apply the rules of significant figures in addition, subtraction, and rounding numbers.

Significant Figures – In Addition and Subtraction; Rounding

Complete several introductory significant number exercises.

Problem Solving – Sig Fig Basics

Apply rules for significant figures in addition/subtraction and multiplication/division and rounding in one problem.

Problem Solving – Multi Step Sig Fig Calculation

Learn how to apply the counting number rule in this problem using significant figures.

Problem Solving – Counting Number Example

Another multi step significant problem, but with a unit conversion to apply.

Problem Solving – Unit Conversion and Sig Fig

Quiz 1.5
1.6 Dimensional Analysis, or Factor-Label Method
7 Lectures 31:19

Understand the basic format for using dimensional analysis or factor-label method.

Dimensional Analysis – Intro and Simple Problems

Learn how derived units change the way you must orient your conversion units in dimensional analysis.

Dimensional Analysis – Derived Units

Learn how density, a type of derived unit, is useful in converting between different dimensions: mass and volume.

Dimensional Analysis – Density as a Conversion Factor

Learn how to manipulate conversion factors involving conversions of volume.

Dimensional Analysis – Volume

Several dimensional analysis problems using conversion factors we mostly know.

Problem Solving – Simple Dimensional Analysis

Dimensional analysis and volume conversion factors.

Problem Solving – Using Volume

A trickier problem that involves conversion factors using density and volume.

Problem Solving – Using Density + Volume

Quiz 1.6
About the Instructor
Alexandra Petruchenya
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I hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology and I am currently pursuing a Master's in Epidemiology from an Ivy League institution.

With a background extensive in science and medicine, I was unofficially the go-to girl for tutoring in those subjects throughout high school and college. I love subjects in sciences, and learning them well has helped progress my education and career. But more than anything,
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