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ⓘ Chemical property. In chemistry, a property is any aspect of a substance which is only seen by means of a chemical reaction. Simply speaking, chemical propertie ..




                                     

ⓘ Chemical property

In chemistry, a property is any aspect of a substance which is only seen by means of a chemical reaction. Simply speaking, chemical properties cannot be determined just by viewing or touching the substance. This is different from a physical property, which can be discovered without changing the substances chemical structure.

Usually a chemical property is discovered by changing the substances internal structure. When a substance goes under a chemical reaction, the properties will change drastically, resulting in chemical change. However, a catalytic property would also be a chemical property.

Chemical properties can be used for building chemical classifications. They can be used to identify an unknown substance or to separate or purify it from other substances.

                                     

1. Examples of chemical properties

  • reactivity
  • chemical stability
  • flammability
  • coordination number
  • Viscosity
  • Electronic configuration
  • oxidation states
  • toxicity
  • heat of combustion
  • Boiling point
  • enthalpy of formation