Standard #: SC.912.P.8.12


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Describe the properties of the carbon atom that make the diversity of carbon compounds possible.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 912
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Standard: Matter -

A. A working definition of matter is that it takes up space, has mass, and has measurable properties. Matter is comprised of atomic, subatomic, and elementary particles.

B. Electrons are key to defining chemical and some physical properties, reactivity, and molecular structures. Repeating (periodic) patterns of physical and chemical properties occur among elements that define groups of elements with similar properties. The periodic table displays the repeating patterns, which are related to the atom's outermost electrons. Atoms bond with each other to form compounds.

C. In a chemical reaction, one or more reactants are transformed into one or more new products. Many factors shape the nature of products and the rates of reaction.

D. Carbon-based compounds are building-blocks of known life forms on earth and numerous useful natural and synthetic products.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

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Related Access Points

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SC.912.P.8.Pa.5 Match common compounds to their names or communication symbols.
SC.912.P.8.In.8 Identify that carbon is found in all living things.
SC.912.P.8.Su.8 Recognize that carbon is found in all living things.


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Lesson Plans

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Uniqueness of Carbon

In this lesson, students will be introduced to bonding and will ultimately learn that carbon is a versatile element in terms of its ability to bond in so many different ways (single, double, and triple bonds).

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In this lesson, students will be introduced to bonding and what enables an element to bond in a variety of ways (single, double, and triple bonds).

Perspectives Video: Expert

Name Description
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Harry Kroto, from Florida State University, discusses the amazing element carbon, the compounds it forms, and the uses including carbon nanotubes.

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Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

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Glass artist Russel Scaturro explains why graphite tools are required for fabrication with borosilicate glass. 

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Text Resources

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Graphene: The Next Wonder Material?

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