Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 2 months ago

how do we know matter cannot be destroyed?

6 Answers

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In chemistry, elements remain the same, 'C' stays as 'C' etc., and in the chemical sense, matter is "conserved".

    But, in reality, matter is destroyed all the time.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I heard it through the grapevine.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The laws of physics are based on observation and experimentation...

  • 2 months ago


    matter can be destroyed, ask the inhabitants of Hiroshima ... 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It's just a presumption. The fact is that when we start getting to that level, nothing is certain, because we don't have a comprehensive theory of everything. The better statement is that we've never seen matter destroyed.

  • 2 months ago

    Years of countless experiments have shown that in normal chemical processes, matter is conserved. Countless experiments verified that in chemical reactions, the mass of the products is exactly (within measurable accuracy) equal to the mass of the reactants. This led to the formulation of the Law of Conservation of Matter.

    However, matter can be destroyed. Well, not destroyed, but converted into an equivalent amount of energy. In reality, in any chemical reaction that releases energy, some very minuscule amount of matter has been converted to energy. However in nuclear processes, fission and fusion, the amounts of matter converted to energy become much more significant, giving us nuclear power and weapons.

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