Plasma: The Fourth State of Matter

So, what's the big deal about plasma? Part two of a 14-part series of videos about solids, liquids, and gases helps scholars gain understanding of this important fourth state of matter. The video describes how a gas becomes plasma, how plasma can carry an electrical charge, and common things made of plasma.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask learners to name items that contain plasma prior to watching the video
  • Be sure to have the class add plasma properties to their notes or graphic organizers
Classroom Considerations

  • Some prior knowledge of ions is helpful 

  • Narrator lists several great examples of plasma in action
  • The animations help pupils visualize plasma at the subatomic level

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