Understanding Atomic Number and Atomic Mass

The amount of information you can learn about an element from the periodic table is amazing! Young scientists learn how to interpret the atomic number and atomic mass. Using a carbon atom as an example, the instructor describes the subatomic particles based on the atomic mass and atomic number. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide learners with a periodic table to reference throughout this and future lessons
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with the atomic structure of atoms
  • Requires Internet access to view the YouTube video
  • Concludes an eight-part series of lessons
Pros

  • Video uses an element familiar to learners so it is not overwhelming for them
  • Includes a brief explanation of the effects of isotopes on the atomic mass
Cons

  • None
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