Difference Between Physical and Chemical Properties

What Is the Difference Between a Chemical Property and a Physical Property?

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The volume of a sample are examples of physical properties. Flammability and reactivity are examples of chemical properties. Siede Preis / Getty Images

Question: What Is the Difference Between a Chemical Property and a Physical Property?

A chemical property and a physical property are related to chemical and physical changes of matter.

Answer: A physical property is an aspect of matter that can be observed or measured without changing it. Examples of physical properties include color, molecular weight and volume.

A chemical property may only be observed by changing the chemical identity of a substance.

This property measures the potential for undergoing a chemical change. Examples of chemical properties include reactivity, flammability and oxidation states.