Physical change

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A physical change is a change in which no new substances are formed. Physical changes affect the form of a chemical substance, but not its chemical composition. Mixtures can be separated into their parts by physical methods, such as spinning in a centrifuge. but can not usually be used to separate compounds into chemical elements or simpler compounds.

Melting icecubes is an example of a physical change

Most physical changes are reversible. Examples: changes of shape, changes of states, passing electricity through a copper wire. Some physical changes are melting, freezing, boiling.