What are Liquids Solids and Gases?
By: Emily W
2011
What is a Solid?
A solid has a definite shape and volume. The particles inside the solid can be arranged in neat rows, or just randomly. The solids with neat rows are called crystalline solids, like diamonds, salt crystals and ice. The solids with random rows are called amorphous solids, and the texture is described as rubbery or glassy, like rubber, glass, and wax or plastic. When a solid is heated enough it changes into a liquid. A solid is particles of matter that are touching but cannot be moving.
What is a Liquid?
A liquid has a definite volume, like a solid, but unlike a solid, a liquid will take the shape of the container it is poured into. Liquids are described as a fluid. A fluid is a substance in which the particles inside of it can move freely past each other, like a gas. Like a solid, the particles inside of the liquid are very close to each other. A liquid is a mix between a gas and a solid. When a liquid is heated enough it turns into gas. A liquid is particles of matter that are touching, but can move freely past each other.
What is a Gas?
A gas can easily change its shape and volume. A gas is referred to as a fluid, just like a liquid, and a gas takes up all available space, as quickly as it can. Gases can easily be compressed, unlike a liquid or solid. When a gas is cooled enough it turns into a liquid and the liquid if still being cooled will turn into a solid. Gases are usually not visible, unlike liquids and solids.Gases are many pieces of matter that are not touching and are moving very fast.
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Examples of solids liquids and gases

What are they all made of?

They are all made of matter, and matter is made up of a bunch of atoms and molecules. When the atoms combine with molecules in the air they can either turn into a solid a liquid or a gas.Liquids Solids and Gases are the three most common states of matter.

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Particle examples of solids liquids and gases

Glossary:
Amorphous Solids- A solid that has molecules in rows that form a solid, but are organized in a random pattern.
Crystalline Solids- Asolid that has molecules that are in neat and tidy rows and patterns.



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