Physical Change - Physical Property

Comparing and contrasting physical change and properties

Physical Properties

Physical properties can be seen without having to do anything to the observed object. In order to observe and describe matter, physical properties are used. In order for the physical property to be observed, there is no need to change the molecular and or chemical state of the object.

Examples of Physical Properties

Physical Change

A physical change is defined as a change taking place without changing its composition. The element or compound stays the same throughout the experiment. A physical change is a direct correlation to physical properties. For example if you have a 1ft piece of wood and were to cut it in half, that means the physical change is it got smaller by 6 inches. Some other examples of a physical change is boiling water. Even the the water is boiling and turning into a gas, it still the same composition of 1 oxygen and 2 hydrogen.

Examples of Physical Changes

Differences between Physical Change and Physical Properties

Even though a physical change and physical property have there similarities, they also have their differences. A physical property is something that can be measured. For example if you have a piece of wood that's 1ft. The physical property is its 1ft. Why? Because it can be measured. A physical change is keeping the same composition. If you have a piece of wood that's 1ft, and if you were to cut it. The composition would still be the same. Why? Because you didn't add anything to the wood that would change its original composition