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How is burning a match a chemical reaction?

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Burning a match is a chemical reaction because the reactant, primarily wood, is chemically altered into a different substance, ash. A chemical reaction or change involves one or more reactants having bonds broken or altered to form new substances. In the case of burning a match, wood and oxygen are transformed into ash and smoke, two distinctly new products.

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Changes can either be classified as physical or chemical. In a physical reaction, no bonds are broken, and the change can be reversed by mechanical means. For example, water turning into ice is a physical change. The molecules may be in a different state, but they are still all H2O molecules.

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