What is Matter? Anahi Resendiz

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

Matter can be defined as Pure Substances.

Pure Substances

Pure Substances are defined as substances that are made of only one type of atom or only one type of molecule (a group of atoms bonded together)

Pure Substances can be defined as elements.


A pure element is a substance consisting of only one isotope of a single element. Isotopes are atoms that differ from the atomic weight usually associated with a particular element due to having a different number of neutrons in their nuclei.

Pure Substances can also be defined as compound.


A Compound is a thing that is composed of two or more separate elements; a mixture.
A compound is made up or consisting of several parts or elements, in particular.

Matter can be defined as Pure Substances but can also be Mixtures.


A mixture is a substance made by mixing other substances together.

A mixture is made when two or more elements are combined to form one.

A mixture can be defined as Homogeneous.


Homogeneous consists of parts all of the same kind. On Homogeneous you can't see the mixed substances.

By the time when you finish mixing this ingredients as you can see not all of the ingredients can be seen. This is called Homogeneous Mixture.

Homogeneous can be defined as solutions.


A Solution is a mixture of two or more components that have a uniform appearance and composition. You can have a slution by mixing different ingredients for example, by mixing a fruit, shugar and water you get juice.
The ingredients that are mixed together cannot be seen. This is called Solution.

A Mixture can also be defined as Heterogeneous


Heterogeneous can be defined as diverse in character or content or denoting a process involving substances in different phases (solid, liquid, or gaseous). For example you mixe different ingredients and you can sometimes still see some of the ingredients.

When finish mixing this ingredients, you can still see them. This is called Heterogeneous Mixtures.

Heterogeneous can be defined as Suspension.


A suspension is a heterogeneous mixture in which solute-like particles settle out of a solvent-like phase some time after their introduction.

Suspesion is a mixture in which not all mixtures are dissolved.

Heterogeneous can also be defined as colloids.


A colloid is a homogeneous, noncrystalline substance consisting of large molecules or ultramicroscopic particles of one substance dispersed through a second substance. Colloids include gels, sols, and emulsions; the particles do not settle and cannot be separated out by ordinary filtering or centrifuging like those in a suspension.

Colloids are common in everyday life. Some examples include whipped cream, mayonnaise, milk, butter, gelatin, jelly, muddy water, plaster, colored glass, and paper. Every colloid consists of two parts: colloidal particles and the dispersing medium.


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