6th Class Science Changes Around us Changes Around us

Changes Around us

Category : 6th Class

Learning Objectives

1. To understand changes around us

2. To understand effect of causes of these changes on things around us

3. To understand classification of different changes on the basis of their effect

4. To understand characteristics of these changes.


Every day, we see different types of changes around us, like day turning into night, the season changing from winter to summer, melting of ice to water, cooking of food, rusting of iron .growth of our body and so on.

There are number of changes taking place around us -Some of these changes can be noticed immediately, some changes can be noticed after some time and there are some changes that cannot be noticed.                            

Every change has a cause for example day and night alternate because of the rotation of the earth around the sun. Changes in weather is due to the heat of the sun These causes can bring about changes in:


Shape and size: There is a change in shape and size of a balloon when air is blown into it.

Making of various toys or geometrical figures (such as rectangle, square etc.) using a paper sheet bring about a change in the sheet of paper. The ball of dough takes the shape of a chapati when it is properly rolled.

State: Ice melts on heating, melting of butter and ice cream etc.

Position: Sun changes its position from east to west due to rotation of the earth around imposition of a football changes on kicking it.

Colour: On heating an iron piece it becomes red hot, colour change of silver ornament etc.



 1. Based on Speed

Slow changes: A change that occurs very slowly and takes a very long time for completion is called a slow change.

For example

  1. Growth of a child into an adult and then into an old men takes years to occur.
  2. Curdling of milk takes few hours to occur
  3. Germination of seed to form a plant takes 2 -4 days
  4. Ripening of fruits is also a slow change
  5. Conversion of night into day occurs slowly
  6. Cooking food also takes some time.
  7. One complete rotation of the earth around sun takes 24 hours.



Fast changes: A change that occurs spontaneously or occurs at a very fast speed is called a fast change. For example:

  1. Burning of a paper
  2. Bursting of crackers
  3. Dropping an object from height
  4. Opening of a drawer
  5. Blinking of eyes
  6. Sneezing
  7. Burning of a match stick etc are examples of fast changes.

Burning match stick  

2.       Based on Reversibility

Reversible changes: Some of the changes can be reversed to get back the original shape, size etc. of the material, e.g. If we deflate the in flated balloon it takes its original shape and size. Such changes are called reversible changes.

A reversible change can take place in both the directions. For example ice changes to water on heating and water changes to ice on cooling.

Melting of ice cream is an reversible change.



Most of the reversible changes are physical changes, since the individual properties of the matter are still present.


Some other examples of reversible changes:

1. All the steam that is made when water in a kettle boils, turn back into water by cooling it.

2. An electric bulb can be made to give light by passing electric current through it. The bulb returns to its original state and does not give light when the electric current is switched off.

3. A blacksmith changes a piece of iron into different tools. For that, apiece of iron is heated to red hot. This also softens it. It is then beaten into the desired shape. It is a reversible change when leaves of touch me not plant is touched they close and after some time open out again as before.

4. Evaporation and Condensation process are reverse of each other.

5. Evaporation is a change in which a liquid gets converted into vapour.

Condensation is the process in which the vapour changes into a liquid when it is cooled.

6. Melting and boiling are reversible processes.

Melting: This change in state occurs when a solid is heated to particular temperature called the melting point of solid. In it the state of matter changes from solid to liquid.

Boiling: This brings about a change in state of a liquid. A liquid when heated to a particular temperature called boiling point changes to vapour (gaseous) state. In it the state of matter changes.

6. Our heart beat increases on doing vigorous physical exercise but it becomes normal after some time.

Irreversible changes: Some of the changes cannot be reversed back. e.g. If an inflated balloon is tightly closed at its mouth and then pricked, it burst and then it cannot regain its original shape and size. This type of change is called an irreversible change.

Irreversible change can take place only in one direction. For example formation of omlette from egg is an irreversible process as omlette cannot be converted back into raw egg.


Another examples of irreversible changes


Do You Know

Artificial ripening of fruits and vegetable is an irreversible process. This method is used to accelerate the ripening of fruits and vegetables under controlled conditions. This forced change result in fruits and vegetables becoming tasteless and toxic

Burning of a candle is an example in which both reversible and irreversible process are involved. This is because a candle on burning forms carbon dioxide gas and water vapour. These products cannot be converted back into a candle hence represent irreversible change but melting of wax of candle is reversible change as melted wax can be solidified again.


  1. Cake batter is made from eggs, flour, sugar and butter. Once the cake has been baked, we cannot get the ingredients back.
  2. Ripening of fruits is an irreversible process as we cannot get unripe fruit from riped one.
  3. Cooking of food is another example we cannot get back the substances that we originally started with.
  4. Blooming of flowers is an irreversible process as flowers cannot change back into buds.
  5. When a paper is burnt, it changes to ash and smoke. From ash and smoke, we cannot get back paper. Thus, the change is irreversible.

Based on reversibility changes can also be classified as temporary and permanent changes.

  1. Temporary change: A change that can be easily reversed to get back the original substance is a temporary change e.g. any physical change such as evaporation, melting etc.

Permanent change: A change that cannot be easily reversed to get back the original substance is called a permanent change e.g. any chemical change.



3. Based on Time Interval

The cyclic repetition of changes after fixed interval of time decides whether a change is periodic or non-periodic.

Periodic changes: These changes occur in a periodic manner i.e., get repeated after a certain definite interval. For example: change in position of a simple pendulum when it is vibrating. They are also called cyclic changes. Seasons repeat themselves each year hence are example of periodic changes.

Another examples of periodic changes

  1. Day and night are periodic changes as they repeat after every twenty four hours.
  2. Beating of heart is an example of periodic change.
  3. Certain species of flowers open at sun rise and close at sun set.
  4. Even changes in period in a school is an example of periodic change.
  5. Change in phases of moon.


Non-periodic changes: These are the changes that may occur at any time and show no periodicity.

Example of non-periodic changes:

  1. Freezing of water to form ice.
  2. Natural disasters like cyclons, volcanic eruption, tsunami are non
  3. Periodic changes.
  4. Burning of fossil fuels.
  5. Melting of glaciers.


4. Based on composition

Physical change: It is a temporary change and in it no new substance is formed. It can be reversed. It may be a change in shape, size etc. only. It may be a change involving a change in state e.g. liquid water on evaporation changes to steam which when cooled again (condensation) changes to liquid water.


Characteristics of a physical change:

Any change in the physical properties of a substance will result in a physical change. To bring about a physical change some external force or energy has to be applied. The molecules of the substance remain same after and before the change. For example:

  1. On kicking a football it changes its position but no new substance is formed. The molecule that make up football remains the same.
  2. On tearing a paper it changes its shape and size but it remains paper.

No new substance is formed.

  1. If we crush sugar cubes into small particles these small particles still remain sweet as there is no change in its molecules.

Physical changes result in change in molecular arrangement of a substance which leads to change in state of the matter. For example melting of ice.


Do You Know

Some   chemical changes require the presence of another substance which itself does not undergo any change. Such a substance is called a catalyst.

Chlorophyll in plants is a catalyst.

It changes water and carbon dioxide to food but itself does not change.



Chemical change: It is a permanent change and it cannot be reversed easily (i.e. it is irreversible change). In it a new substance is formed and the original substance cannot be easily formed from the new substances.


Characteristics of chemical changes

In chemical changes the molecules of original substance undergo changes to form molecules of new substance. A chemical change occurs when there is chemical reaction between the substances. Original substance is called reactant and new substance formed is called product.

Chemical changes are always accompanied by some external indications such as production of heat or light, precipitation, change in colour or appearance, etc.


Some examples of chemical changes are:


Rusting of iron nails

  1. Burning of paper gives smoke and gases like water vapour and carbon dioxide. The ash left behind is different from paper in its properties.
  2. The decomposition process of dead organic and inorganic matter is an example of chemical change, the organic waste or dead animal sunder go gradual degradation and they finally mix with the soil. The chemical reactions that assist the process result in producing sharp odor, which is an evidence of the chemical change.
  1. One of the best example of day-to-day chemical change is the process of photosynthesis. This is a process by which plants synthesize food and release oxygen as the by-product.
  2. The process of rusting is also an example of chemical change. When iron is exposed to water and oxygen, it gets coated with a brown layer, called rust.
  3. The most common example of chemical change is cooking. When we boil egg, it becomes hard and taste very different. The molecules of egg changes to give new substance. Cooking of rice, vegetables etc are chemical changes.



Cutting of wood is a physical change as in this no new substance is formed, molecules of the wood remain the same. While burning of wood results in the formation of certain gases and ash is formed that has different properties than wood hence it is a chemical change.

5. Based on Energy

Energy initiates a change, when any change takes place energy is either evolved or absorbed.

Exothermic change: A change that is accompanied by release of heat energy is called an exothermic change e.g. burning of magnesium ribbon.


Another examples of exothermic reactions:

  1. During making of ice cubes heat is released
  2. Formation of snow in cloud is exothermic
  3. When water vapours condenses into liquid water energy is released.


Hence condensation is exothermic.

  1. Flame of candle or burner is example of exothermic change
  2. During mixing of water and strong acid heat is released.
  3. When a bomb explodes, large amount of heat is released so explosion of bomb is exothermic.


Endothermic changes: A change that is accompanied by absorption of heat energy is called an endothermic change, e.g. change of state from solid to liquid.


Do You Know

A Respiration is also an example of exothermic change.

During respiration glucose molecules breakdown and energy is released which can be utilized for our day to day actions. Similarly digestion of food is also exothermic change.


Examples of endothermic changes

  1. In evaporation process heat is absorbed by the water molecules at the surface of the water. Hence evaporation is endothermic.
  2. Heat is absorbed during melting of ice.
  3. Heat is adsorbed in baking bread and cooking food.
  4. Photosynthesis is an endothermic process because it will not happen without an external source of energy, which in this case is sunlight.


Do You Know

While energy is involved in all types of changes, it is not always easy to see these changes happening .For example we cannot see the energy involved in case of weather changes or drying of clothes.



Heating and cooling of materials can make them change. This change occurs in all materials, from water to metals to air. But the effect of heating is opposite to that of cooling.

Heating a substance can make it expand, but the degree of expansion differs in solids, liquids, and gases. Gases expand the most while solids expand the least.

For example metals expand on heating. Railway track consist of two parallel metal rails joined together. Small gap is left between the rails as there is an expansion of the rails in hot weather.


Expansion joint in railway track

Cooling of a substances result in contraction Solids contract the least while gases contract the most For example a very hot glass cracks on putting it under cold water. This is because the outer surface of the glass when it comes indirect contact with the cold water contracts more compared to the inner surface of glass that is not in direct contact with cold water and hence takes time to cool down and contract.


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