What Is Physical Change?


Simple Definition:

A physical change is a type of change that alters the appearance or form of a substance without creating a new substance. [substance: a type of material or matter]


  • Melting an ice cube into water.
  • Cutting a piece of paper into smaller pieces.

Very Simple Definition:

A physical change is when something looks different but is still made of the same thing.


  • Ice melting and becoming water.
  • Breaking a rock into pieces.

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