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Matter & Minerals

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TermDefinition
Brittle Breaks easily when pressure is applied
Magnetism ability to be attracted by a magnet
Density the amount of matter in a given space
Hardness ability of a mineral to resist scratching
Luster how the surface of a mineral appears when it reflects light, shiny or dull
Mass the amount of matter in something
Streak the color of a mineral seen when rubbed on a streak plate
Volume the amounts of space that a substance or object occupies
Physical Properties Attributes of matter that can be observed and measured
Conductivity Ability to conduct electrical current
Ductility Ability to be stretched into a wire without breaking
Malleability Ability to be formed or shaped under pressure such as metals hammered or rolled into thin sheets
Metalloids Substances that have properties of both metals and nonmetals
Metals Substances that have the physical properties of luster, conductivity, and malleability and may appear in all three states of matter
Nonmetals Substances that have the physical properties of being dull, insulators, and brittle and may appear in all three states of matter
Created by: ellamoore