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Properties of Matter

Fourth Grade - Properties of Matter

Physical Property a property that can be observed, measured, or changed without changing the matter itself
Matter a substance that has mass and takes up space
Mass amount of matter in something
Volume the amount of space that a substance or object takes up
States of Matter the forms matter can take, such as solid, liquid, and gas; sometimes called phases of matter
Solid definite shape and size
Liquid take the shape of their container, filling the bottom of the container first; has the ability to flow
Gas a state of matter in which the substance expands to take both the shape and the volume of its container
Temperature a way of measuring how hot or cold something is; temperature is measured using either the Fahrenheit (F) or Celsius (C) scale
Magnetism a force of attraction that causes a magnetic material to move
Ability to Sink An object which goes below the surface of the water; displaces the entire volume of the object
Ability to Float An object which rests on the surface of the water; displaces a small amount of an object's volume
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