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Plasma and Plasma Types

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Plasma and Plasma Types

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You will get to learn about the different states of matter and the nature of physical properties. Explore how the properties of matter are related to size.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Define what plasma is.
  • Give examples of the plasma state.
  • Give examples of hot and cold plasma.

Everything You'll Have Covered

Why is plasma accepted as the fourth state of matter?

~ Plasma is accepted as the fourth state of matter because it consists of highly energized masses of gas that contain free-moving electrons that are partially or completely ionized. Therefore, plasma has different electromagnetic properties than the other states of matter.

What are some examples of hot plasma?

~ Lightning, the sun, stars, and fire are examples of hot plasma.

What are some examples of cold plasma?

~ The Northern Lights, neon lamps, fluorescent bulbs, and some television screens are examples of cold plasma.

How might plasma be used in the future?

~ Plasma might be used as a source of clean energy in power plants in the future. Research into plasma at varying temperatures continues.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define cold plasma, hot plasma, and matter.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary cold plasma, hot plasma, matter