Chemical Properties and Physical Properties

When you study matter, you'll be expected to understand and distinguish between chemical and physical properties. Basically, physical properties are those which you can observe and measure without changing the chemical identity of your sample. Examples of physical properties include color, shape, position, volume and boiling point. Chemical properties, on the other hand, reveal themselves only when the sample is changed by a chemical reaction.

Examples of chemical properties include flammability, reactivity and toxicity.

Would you consider solubility to be a chemical property or a physical property, given that ionic compounds dissociate into new chemical species when dissolved (e.g., salt in water), while covalent compounds do not (e.g., sugar in water)?

Chemical Properties | Physical Properties

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Chemical Properties and Physical Properties." ThoughtCo, Nov. 27, 2014, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2014, November 27). Chemical Properties and Physical Properties. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Chemical Properties and Physical Properties." ThoughtCo. (accessed November 21, 2017).