Much like you might break up a building into its smallest part, revealing what the building is made of, scientists have worked to discover what all things are made of. The stuff that makes up all things is called matter. Matter is defined as anything which takes up space and has mass.
How can you prove that a solid object takes up space?
Place it in a container full of water and watch the water spill over the top of the bucket!
Now use a balance beam scale to measure its mass.
Is the object made of matter?
Scientists often make observations about matter using the amount of space it takes up and its mass. This will tell you the density of the object.
Remember the formula is: Density = mass/volume.
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