Flexi Says: Physical properties of matter are properties that can be measured or observed without matter changing to an entirely different substance. Physical properties are typically things you can detect with your senses. Examples of physical properties of matter include melting point, color, hardness, state of matter, odor, and boiling point. Chemical properties are properties that can be measured or observed only when matter undergoes a change to become an entirely different kind of matter. They include reactivity, flammability, and the ability to rust. Reactivity is the ability of matter to react chemically with other substances. Flammability is the ability of matter to burn.