Science, Tech, Math › Science Examples of Matter Hint: It's all around us Share Flipboard Email Print ThoughtCo. / Ashley Nicole Deleon Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated November 25, 2019 Can you name 10 examples of matter? 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 matter. Examples of Matter An apple A person A table Air Water A computer Paper Iron Ice cream Wood Mars Sand A rock The sun A spider A tree Paint Snow Clouds A sandwich A fingernail Lettuce 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 are not 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 is still matter. How can you tell what's the matter? Seeing or hearing it isn't sufficient. Matter is anything you can weigh, touch, taste, or smell. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Examples of Matter." ThoughtCo, Aug. 28, 2020, thoughtco.com/examples-of-matter-608348. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2020, August 28). Examples of Matter. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/examples-of-matter-608348 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Examples of Matter." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/examples-of-matter-608348 (accessed April 13, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: What Is A Solid?