Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

What is the difference between a chemical change and a phyiscal change?

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  • Kes
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Combining oxygen and hydrogen (separate atoms) to produce water (H2O) is a chemical change involving the electrons that 'glue' atoms together. Freezing or boiling water involves the removal or addition of heat energy to the water molecules but does not change the molecules that remain H2O while experiencing a physical (feels different) change.

  • 1 decade ago

    In the simplest sense, a chemical change creates a new substance that wasn't there before the reaction.

    A physical change just changes the conditions. For example, freezing, boiling, chopping into smaller pieces.

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