3.4 Physical And Chemical Properties

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3.4 Physical And Chemical Properties - Quiz

Commonly asked questions often include those asking the difference between physical and chemical properties. These are often confused or misunderstood. It is important to learn these concepts now and to be able to apply them later


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I have a piece of ice and I want to know if it will float in a cup of lemonade.  Will I be observing a...

    • A.

      Physical property?

    • B.

      Chemical property?

    • C.

      Neither?

    Correct Answer
    A. Physical property?
    Explanation
    The quality I am observing is density. Even if the ice melts, it is still the same on a molecular level, so it is a physical property, not chemical.

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  • 2. 

    If I am storing chemicals under my sink, and I want to make sure that two of them won't eat through my cabinets if they mix.  Is this property...

    • A.

      Physical

    • B.

      Chemical

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    B. Chemical
    Explanation
    When I mix the chemicals and they react, a new substance is formed. This is a chemical property.

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  • 3. 

    When my kid leaves his popsicle on the carseat and it melts into the seat, the property I am observing is...

    • A.

      Physical

    • B.

      Chemical

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    A. Physical
    Explanation
    The popsicle is still a popsicle, even though it is in a different state. It has not changed into a different substance, so it is physical.

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  • 4. 

    The reason that my house is heated in the winter is because of burning oil.  Is this an example of a.......

    • A.

      Physical property?

    • B.

      Chemical property?

    • C.

      Neither?

    Correct Answer
    B. Chemical property?
    Explanation
    When anything burns, it is changed into a different material. Therefore, it is a chemical change.

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  • 5. 

    A ___________ property may involve a phase shift (between solid, liquid, gas) but no new substance is formed.

    Correct Answer
    physical, Physical
    Explanation
    When a state of matter changes, the identity of that matter does not necessarily change. A physical change may not involve the formation of a new substance.

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