The Importance of Properties of Matter

Are the characteristic properties important to us? The answer is fairly simple. The scientific information we studied from “Lab 1.3” was based on identifying substances using “Characteristics properties, and Workplace Hazardous Materials (WHMIS)”.

The basic 15 physical properties and 2 chemical properties of matter demonstrate to us about how matter is physically and chemically affected in many ways. This STSE will display the effects and importance of characteristics properties.

If you want to learn more general reasons as to why science is important. You have to take a look here. It is a must read!

In Science, the 15 basic physical properties are Colour, Texture, Odour, Lustre, Clarity, Taste, Hardness, Malleability, Ductility, Melting and Boiling points, Crystal Form, Solubility, Viscosity, Density and States of matter. Mostly every material and substance has colour. For example, a car can be red, blue, green, or white. Water for instance is transparent and doesn’t have a colour. Every Matter contains texture either if it’s smooth, rough, fine, gritty, etc. A tree has a quiet rough texture, but when it is cut and paper is formed, the texture of the paper is smooth. A matter can have an odour (smell) depending on what the textile is. Silver is an example of luster, since it is shiny. Lustre is to measure the shininess of an object. Clarity is to determine the visibility of a material or a substance.

Taste is the flavor of a substance which is one of the five senses in a human. One of the many physical properties is hardness, which assess of how easily a solid can be scratched. Marble is a solid which is very difficult to scratch, while wood can be scratched easily even with our finger nails. Malleability relates to how any type of solid substance can be molded into different varieties of solids. Gold for instants is very Malleable because it is very soft, which is why when a ring is made of gold, it is never pure gold. Other materials are used to help gold from being molded. Ductility is the ability of a substance to be stretched. Melting and boiling points are the temperature at which a substance dissolves or heats up. Water’s boiling point is at 100 C and an ice cube melts at 0 C. Also, there is a property called “Crystal Form”, explains how crystals are formed with the combination of many diverse types of minerals.

In addition, ice is soluble to water due to the reaction of the particles of the ice which dissolve. Solubility is a very common property that demonstrates how one substance dissolves into another. As well as, Viscosity is a property which displays how the “thickness” of a liquid effects its ability to flow. Lastly, Density and the three States of matter clarify the changes that a material or a substance undergoes. Density is a mass of a given volume of a material and the states of matter are the three stages solid, liquid and gas. An ice cube changes its states by melting into water, and then evaporating into the air.

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11 Responses to “The Importance of Properties of Matter”
  1. rea Says...

    On July 16, 2008 at 4:57 am

    kindly write the correct meaning.

  2. cate Says...

    On September 14, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    this article isn’t very well written, but it gets the point across. It helped me out a lot.

  3. Kate Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    awesome article…helped me with my studies on physical properties!!:D

  4. angel Says...

    On October 5, 2008 at 2:53 am

    its very well done!keep it up!

  5. carl Says...

    On October 5, 2008 at 2:55 am

    please underline the important words.thank you!:D

  6. alyssa Says...

    On September 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    This website SUCKS!!!!!!!!! it doesnt say why the properties of matter are soo important. It just listed boring stuuf about trees. I have a science paper due about that and i dont have an answer. I will NEVER vist this website EVER again . Thank you for NOT giving me my answer you fools

  7. TIFFANY Says...

    On September 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Alyssa is rightthis website does SUCK it doesnt say why the properties are impotant. You guys should be ashamed. YOU FOOOOLSSS.

  8. Krysten Says...

    On September 16, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    this sucks. i got no help out of this. it didn\’t answer \’why are properties of matter important\’. it just went on and on about pointless stuff like trees and greenhouse crap. THIS WAS NO HELP AT ALL.

  9. Wawa Says...

    On May 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

    This article had good information, it was just really difficult with all those pop ups, i al trying to copy and paste all the info i need onto one document for science and it kept posting links as well into my document, and when i tryed to copy it would make these weird pop ups, good info, difficlt site

  10. tr Says...

    On August 27, 2010 at 12:42 am


  11. dertin Says...

    On November 15, 2011 at 7:28 am

    that article is not well

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