Characteristic property

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A characteristic property is a chemical or physical property that helps identify and classify substances. The characteristic properties of a substance are always the same whether the sample one is observing is large or small. Examples of characteristic properties include freezing/melting point, boiling/condensing point, density, magnetism, and solubility.[1]

Identifying a Substance[edit]

Every characteristic property is unique to one given substance. Scientists use characteristic properties to identify an unknown substance.[2]

Characteristic properties are used because the sample size and the shape of the substance does not matter.[3] 1 gram of lead is still the same color as 100 tons of lead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Characteristic Properties". www.cuesd.tehama.k12.ca.us. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Characteristic Properties". EMSB. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Density as a Characteristic Property". Properties of Matter. NSRC. Retrieved February 6, 2012.