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Is burning paper a chemical change?

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Burning paper is a chemical change, as the identifying properties of the components that make up the paper change. The change is that new material is formed that was not there before.

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There are four clues to indicate that a chemical change has occurred: a gas is given off, a new color can appear, heat and light are given off, and a precipitate is formed. Each of the clues shows a new substance has been formed, and therefore a chemical change has occurred. In contrast, a physical change is a change to physical properties without change to the identity of the item. Boiling water, freezing and evaporation are examples of physical changes.

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