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10 Physical Change Examples

List of Physical Changes


Melting or freezing ice is an example of a physical change.

Melting or freezing ice is an example of a physical change.

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Physical changes involve states of matter and energy. No new substance is created during a physical change, although the matter takes a different form. The size, shape, and color of matter may change. Also, physical changes occur when substances are mixed, but don't chemically react. One way to identify a physical change is that such a changes may be reversible, especially phase changes. For example, if you freeze an ice cube, you can melt it into water again. This is a list of 10 examples of physical changes.

  1. crushing a can


  2. melting an ice cube


  3. boiling water


  4. mixing sand and water


  5. breaking a glass


  6. dissolving sugar and water


  7. shredding paper


  8. chopping wood


  9. mixing red and green marbles


  10. sublimating dry ice

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