States of Matter
Concept: Solids, Liquids and Gases
Matter is anything around us that occupies space and has mass. It can be divided into three categories—Solids, liquids, and gases. These are called the three states of matter, and they constitute tiny particles called molecules.
Let us now have a closer look at the different states of matter.
- Solids have a definite size, shape, mass, and volume.
- A solid never changes its shape when it is moved.
- The molecules of solids remain closely packed.
- The molecules of solids do not freely move around in all directions; rather, they remain fixed.
- The propagation of sound is the fastest in solids.
- The force of attraction between the molecules of solid materials is the maximum.
Example: Stones, pebbles, wood, chalk, buildings, tables, chairs, pencils, books, diamonds, etc.
- Liquids have no definite shape and size.
- Liquids have a fixed volume.
- They take the shape of the containers they are poured into.
- The molecules of a liquid are loosely attached and move freely.
- The molecules of the liquids are loosely packed, which is why they can take the shape of the containers they are poured into.
- The force of attraction between the molecules of a liquid is moderate.
- The volume of a liquid can be measured.
- The shape and size of a liquid cannot be measured.
- Liquids can move from a higher level to a lower level.
Example: Oil, water, milk, blood, gasoline, coffee, tea, honey, maple syrup, etc.
- Gases are present all around us and fill almost every vacuum space.
- Balls, balloons, and bubbles all are filled with gas.
- Air is also a gas.
- The molecules of gases have a lot of space between them and can move freely.
- Gas molecules move a little faster than liquid molecules.
- Gases have no definite size, shape, and volume.
- There are essentially no attractive forces between the gas molecules in most cases.
- It means that gas has nothing to hold a specific shape or volume.
Example: Helium is a very light gas that is mostly used to fill gas balloons; there are gases in the atmosphere like carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, argon, etc. Car fumes are nothing but a mixture of different gases; factory fumes are also gases.
Vacuum: It means a space where no matter is present.
Volume: The amount of space occupied by an object.
Did You Know?
- Gas molecules can be compressed easily. When gas molecules are close enough, they get transformed into a liquid state. This is how LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas is manufactured.