Physical Change vs. Chemical Change
Energy absorption or evolution
What is Physical Change?
Physical change is the change in the physical traits like shape, size, and volume of an object. This type of change may also face change in temperature or the rearrangement of atoms of the object although the chemical composition of the object remains the very same. This change is a rapid change, and the object can get reversed back to the original form easily. The change in shape and size of the object are some of the prominent features of this type of change, but the new product is never formed. The transformed object can be totally different in shape or size, but the chemical composition remains the very same. The rearrangement of the molecules takes place in the physical change, which is often interpreted as the symptoms of chemical change. But they aren’t as no change comes in the internal structure of the object.
Example of Physical Change
The freezing of water to become ice is one of the best examples of physical change. The change in the physical properties of the object like shape, size, and volume takes place but in both the conditions the chemical composition of the object remains the same.
What is Chemical Change?
A chemical change is a change occurring in the internal structure of the matter. The change leads to the formation of the new product. The new product formed have different chemical function and chemical properties than their constituents. When the chemical change takes place the atoms of the object are rearranged or combined in such a way that chemical composition of the product gets changed. The original substances or the constituents in the chemical change are known as the reactants. The outcome of the reaction between the reactant is called product. The chemical change is a complex process that requires more time than the physical change. Once the change takes place, it can’t be reversed or brought back to the original position. The change in the energy and temperature are two of the prominent signs of chemical change. The chemical reaction takes place in the chemical change. Therefore, the evolution of energy is a compulsory process; the energy can either be absorbed or released, it depends on the type of chemical reaction taking place.
Example of Chemical Change
The making of an omelet is a physical change, the egg and other spices are the reactants in the case, which lead to the formation of omelet in the presence of the heat. The change in temperature and chemical composition takes place in this case, and the newly formed product omelet cannot be reversed back to its original form.