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Matter

Learn about the states of matter as well as chemical and physical properties and changes.

States of Matter
Get definitions and examples of the main states of matter: solids, liquids, gases, and plasma.

What Are 10 Examples of Matter?
Can you name 10 examples of matter? Here is a list of more than 10 examples for you.

Element List
Here's a list of chemical elements ordered by increasing atomic number. The names and element symbols are provided.

Liquid Elements
What are the six elements that are liquid at or near room temperature? Your About Guide answers this question and provides a few facts about each element.

Chemical and Physical Property
Learn how to distinguish between a chemical property and a physical property of matter.

Chemical & Physical Changes
Find out what chemical and physical changes are, get examples, and learn how to tell them apart.

Intensive and Extensive Properties
Intensive propertes and extensive properties are types of physical properties of matters. Here's a look at what intensive and extensive properties...

Phases of Matter and Phase Diagrams
A lot can be learned from a phase diagram when you know how to use them. A phase diagram is a graphical representation between pressure and temperature of a material. Phase diagrams show the state of matter at a given pressure and temperature. They show the boundaries between phases and the processes that occur when the pressure and/or...

Monomers and Polymers
Monomers are the building blocks of more complex molecules, called polymers. Polymers consist of repeating molecular units which usually are joined by covalent bonds. Here is a closer look at the chemistry of monomers and polymers.

Phases & Phase Changes Quiz
Take this multiple choice quiz to test your understanding of the states of matter.

Polymer Examples
Do you need some examples of polymers? Here is a list of materials that are polymers, plus some examples of materials that are not polymers.

Chemical, Physical, and Nuclear Changes Quiz
Do you understand the differences between the types of changes and the concepts associated with these reactions? Here's a ten question quiz you can take to test your knowledge.

Fluid Mixing - Miscibility
Find out why fluid volumes aren't always additive. Your Guide's introduction to miscibility includes links for further reading.

What Is the Difference between a Molecule and a Compound?
Molecules and compounds are two types of chemical species. Here is a look at the difference between a molecule and a compound.

Molecular Solid
This is an explanation of what a molecular solid is and examples of molecular solids.

What Is a Mixture?
You may have heard the term mixture used in reference to chemistry or cooking. Let's take a look at what a mixture is.

What Is Glass?
Here is an explanation of what glass is with respect to phases of matter.

Is Glass a Liquid or a Solid?
You may have heard different explanations about whether glass should be classified as a solid or as a liquid. Here is a look at the modern answer to this question and the explanation behind it.

Is Dissolving Sugar in Water a Chemical or Physical Change?
Is dissolving sugar in water an example of a chemical or physical change? This process is a little trickier to understand than most, but if you look at the definition of chemical and physical changes, you'll see how it works. Here's the answer and an explanation of the process.

Examples of Physical Changes and Chemical Changes
Here are some examples of physical changes and chemical changes, along with an explanation of how you can tell physical and chemical changes apart.

Is Dissolving Salt in Water a Chemical Change or Physical Change?
Is dissolving salt in water an example of a chemical change or a physical change? Here's a look at the process that occurs when you dissolve salt in water and an explanation of the answer to the question.

Chemical Properties
Here is an explanation of what chemical properties are, plus several examples of chemical properties of matter.

Physical Properties
Here is an explanation of what physical properties are and examples of several physical properties.

Physical Properties List
This is an extensive list of physical properties of matter. It's especially useful if you need to cite examples of physical properties.

What Is Plasma?
Here's a look at what plasma is, what plasma is used for and what plasma is made of. Examples of plasma also are provided.

Physical & Chemical Properties of Matter - Video
This chemistry video examines the physical and chemical properties of matter. Learn what the physical and chemical properties are, how to tell them apart, and get examples of each type of property.

What Are Examples of Pure Substances?
A pure substance is a material that is homogeneous and has constant properties throughout the sample. Here are examples of pure substances.

Types of Solids
There are 5 main types of solids, each characterized by specific properties and structures. Here is a look at the 5 types of solids.

10 Physical Change Examples
This is a list of 10 examples of physical changes.

Is Air Made of Matter?
You can't see or smell air, so you may be wondering whether or not it is made of matter. Here is the answer, plus how you can tell whether it is matter.

10 Physical Change Examples
This is a list of 10 examples of physical changes.

Physical and Chemical Changes Quiz
Practice identifying physical and chemical changes with this chemistry quiz.

What Are 10 Examples of Things That Are Not Matter?
Everything that has mass and takes up space is matter, yet some things do not consist of matter. Here is a list of 10 examples of non-matter.

List 10 Types of Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Get examples of types of solids, liquids, and gases and learn about the transitions or phase changes between them.

10 Examples of Plasma
One form of matter is plasma. You encounter it everyday, but may not recognize it. Here are 10 examples of forms of plasma.

List of Phase Changes of Matter
This is a list of the phase changes between states of matter, with examples of the transitions.

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