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Chemical vs. Physical. Properties and Changes. What is the difference between a chemical and a physical property? A physical property can be measured or observed using the 5 senses, but a chemical property is the way a substance reacts with other substances to form an all new substance. .

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Chemical vs physical

Chemical vs. Physical

Properties and Changes


Chemical vs physical

What is the difference between a chemical and a physical property?

A physical property can be measured or observed using the 5 senses, but a chemical property is the way a substance reacts with other substances to form an all new substance.


Changes in matter

CHANGES in matter

Two types of changes:

Chemical and Physical


Changes in matter1

CHANGES in matter

PHYSICAL Changes:

Only physical properties are changed.

It is still the same substance.

For example: If I paint a volleyball blue…it is still a volleyball. Only the physical property of color has changed.


Changes in matter2

CHANGES in matter

CHEMICAL Changes:

Chemical properties are changed along with physical properties.

This results in the creation of a NEW substance with all new properties.

You cannot easily get back the original substance.

For example: Spoiled milk… no longer milk!!!


Evidence of chemical change

Evidence of Chemical Change

There are several clues that a chemical change is occurring or has occurred:

Temperature change (exo or endothermic)

Smoke or flame produced

Production of gasses

Odor (smell)

New substance is created


Identify each of the following as either a physical change p or a chemical change c

1. You cut your hair.

2. Making a peanut, pretzel and cereal mixture.

3. Baking soda reacts with vinegar and forms a gas.

4. A piece of metal is bent in half.

5. An aspirin is crushed into fine powder.

6. Copper turns green when exposed to the environment.

7. Two clear liquids are mixed and a yellow color forms.

8. Baking cookies.

9. Diamonds are used to scratch glass.

10. A tree burns to form ashes.

11. A piece of paper is crumpled up.

12. Water freezes to form ice.

13. Food rotting.

14. A candle burning.

15. A candle melting.

Identify each of the following as either a Physical change (P) or a chemical change (C)


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