Chemical and Physical Properties

Compare and contrast

What are Physical Properties?

A characteristic that can be observed such as texture, color, odor, melting point, boiling point, density, or measured, such as mass, length, volume, that can be observed or measured without changing its composition. For example, the length, shape and color of Summer's hair can be measured without changing its composition.

What are Chemical Properties?

Characteristic that is measurable or observable during a chemical reaction such as pH, heat of combustion, reactivity, etc.

Similarities and Differences

They are similar because both are observed and measured and put into data table for analyzing.


For physical properties, you can obtain data without conducting an experiment and without changing anything. However, with chemical properties, an experiment is necessary to the obtaining of data.