Examples of Matter

How To Recognize Matter

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Question: What Are 10 Examples of Matter?

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. If it takes up space and has mass, it's the matter! Still confused? Here is a list of more than 10 examples for you.


  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
  1. Mars
  2. sand
  3. a rock
  4. the Sun
  5. a spider
  6. a tree
  7. paint
  8. snow
  9. clouds
  10. a sandwich
  11. a fingernail
  12. 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 does 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 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.

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    Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Examples of Matter." ThoughtCo, Apr. 5, 2017, thoughtco.com/examples-of-matter-608348. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, April 5). 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 March 22, 2018).