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Matter - Introduction



Matter - Introduction
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     challenging words:    solubility, viscosity, alchemy, squashed, worthless, diamond-shaped, elasticity, nugget, buoyancy, hardness, knowing, mining, density, definition, mass, helium
     content words:    Happy Birthday


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Matter - Introduction
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     A long time ago, some people got the idea to use science to change worthless metals into gold! Their "science" was called alchemy. Then some other people proved that it just wasn't possible. Science may be amazing, but it can't really cause miracles. You can't change a cheap metal into gold. Science and nature have their own rules which are not to be broken!
 
2     Gold, iron, tin, and other objects and materials are what scientists call matter. One definition of matter is anything that takes up space. So elephants and hippos are made of matter. So are ants and fleas. Rocks, trees, clouds, and water are, too. Ocean liners, diamond rings, iron nails, plastic Easter eggs, milkshakes, and the helium in a happy birthday balloon are all made of matter.
 
3     Just like other fields of science, the study of matter has rules. The branch of science that studies all of the rules involving matter is called chemistry.

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