What Is Matter? By - jaycee Mcknight


Matter: a physical substance in general, as distinct from mind and spirit; (in physics) that which occupies space and possesses rest mass, especially as distinct from energy.

Pure Substances

Pure Substances: are made of only one type of atom or only one type of molecule.

Example: an ice cube would be a Pure Substance because it is only made out of one type of atom.


Element: If all atoms in a substance have the same identity, that substance is an Element.

Example: oxygen, hydrogen, sodium, chlorine, lead, and iron are all elements.


Compound: a substance formed when two or more chemical elements are chemically bonded together.

Example: Compounds can be water ( or hydrogen oxide ) H2O; and Sodium Chloride, NaCl.


Mixture: a material made up of two or more substances that can be easily separated by physical means.

Example: a mixture of oil and water.


Homogeneous: A mixture which has uniform composition and properties throughout.

Example: air is a homogeneous mixture of gases.A teaspoonful of table salt stirred into a glass of water also makes a homogeneous mixture.


Solutions: A homogeneous mixture of particles so small that they cannot be see with a microscope and will never settle to the bottom of their container. Solution remains constantly and evenly mixed.

Example :salt water, rubbing alcohol, and sugar dissolved in water.


Heterogeneous: A mixture is a combination of two or more pure substances in which the original substances retain their chemical properties.

Example: Salt and pepper, chocolate chip cookies, or a Twix™ candy bar


Suspension: Heterogeneous mixture containing a liquid in which visible particles settle.

Example: muddy wate,salt water, sand in wate


Colloid: A type of mixture with particles that are larger than those in solutions but not heavy enough to settle out.

Example: whipped cream, mayonnaise, milk, butter, gelatin, jelly, muddy water, plaster, colored glass, and paper.


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