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States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas

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States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, and Gas

Physical Science

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You will get to learn about the different states of matter and the nature of physical properties. Explore how the properties of matter are related to size.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Define the general properties of gases.
  • Define the general properties of liquids.
  • Define the general properties of solids.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What are some physical properties of a solid?

~ Solids have a definite shape and volume. The particles of a solid are packed tightly together in a relatively fixed position, which means that they are naturally incompressible.

What are some physical properties of a liquid?

~ Liquids have constant volume, and take the shape of its container. The particles of a liquid are not rigidly packed, and the distances between them are greater than in solids.

What makes gases compressible?

~ Gases are compressible because their molecules are spread far apart, which means their shape and volume can be changed readily.

What other state of matter exists naturally on Earth only in the form of lightning?

~ Plasma is the fourth state of matter that exists naturally on Earth only in the form of lightning.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with the terms chemistry, compressibility, and compressible.
Course Physical Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary compressibility, compressible, gas