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Physical vs Chemical Properties

Physical properties: The properties those are associated with the physical state of the substance are called physical properties like colour, smell, taste, hardness, shape of crystal, solubility, melting or boiling points, etc. For example, when ice is heated, it melts to form water. When water is further heated, it boils to give steam. In this entire process only the physical states of water change whereas its chemical composition remains the same.


Chemical properties: The chemical properties depend upon the composition of the substance. When a substance undergoes a chemical change, its composition changes and a new substances are formed. For example, decomposition of water is a chemical change as it produces hydrogen and oxygen gases. All materials are either a substance or a mixture.

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