Selected by Science Educators from NTSA.  Email from Mark Davis dated 15 October 2002

All About Matter


Matter is anything that has mass.

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A spaceship ceases to be matter when it is in space because it has no weight.

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Air can be weighed.

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Heat has weight.

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Both air and heat are matter.

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Matter takes up space.

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Air occupies space.

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Light takes up space.

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Light is matter.

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Matter can be in different shapes.

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200 cm3 of water is poured into a bowl with a volume of 400 cm3, the volume of water in the bowl is now 200 cm3.

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Water has no definite shape therefore it is not a matter.

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A solid has a definite shape.

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You cannot change the shape of a solid.

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You can change the shape of plasticine therefore it is not a matter.

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When you flatten a ball of plasticine, the flat plasticine takes up less space compared to the original ball of plasticine.

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You can compress water to force it to occupy less space.

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A glass is inverted over a basin of water and slowly inserted into the water. However, the water does not enter the glass. This experiment proves that water cannot be compressed.

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A basketball has a volume of 300 cm3. If Michael pumped 200 cm3 and Fandi pumped another 200 cm3 into it then the total volume of air in the basketball is 400 cm3.

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Air will expand to fill the space available.

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Like all metals on earth, mercury is a hard solid.

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Matter can exist in three states: solid, liquid and gas.

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Iron combines with oxygen in moist air to form iron oxide, or rust. This change is called a chemical change.

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When water changes to steam it undergoes a chemical change.

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