What Are Some Examples of Matter?

Here's a hint: They're all around us

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Can you name 10 examples of matter? The matter is any substance that has mass and takes up space. Everything is made of matter, so any object you can name consists of matter. Basically, if it takes up space and has mass, it's the matter.

Examples of Matter Around Us

  1. an apple
  2. a person
  3. a table
  4. air
  5. water
  6. a computer
  7. paper
  8. iron
  9. ice cream
  10. wood
  11. Mars
  12. sand
  13. a rock
  14. the Sun
  15. a spider
  16. a tree
  17. paint
  18. snow
  19. clouds
  20. a sandwich
  21. a fingernail
  22. lettuce

As you can see, any physical object consists of matter. It doesn't matter whether it's an atom, element, compound, or mixture. It's all matter.

How to Tell What Is and Is Not Matter

Not everything you encounter in the world is matter. Matter can be converted into energy, which has neither mass nor volume. So, light, sound, and heat don't matter. Most objects have both matter and some form of energy, so the distinction can be tricky. For example, a candle flame certainly emits energy (light and heat), but it also contains gasses and soot, so it still matters. How can you tell what's the matter? Seeing or hearing it isn't sufficient. The matter is anything you can weigh, touch, taste, or smell.