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PVMS Matter States

States of Matter

TermDefinition
solid matter composed of atoms tightly packed together
solid atoms cannot move around but they vibrate
solid has a definite shape and definite volume
solid examples: ice, rock
liquid matter composed of atoms loosely packed together
liquid has an indefinite shape and definite volume
liquid examples: liquid water, alcohol
gas matter composed of atoms very loosely packed together
gas atoms move freely and at high speeds because they are well separated
gas has an indefinite shape and indefinite volume
gas examples: water vapor, oxygen
plasma matter composed of atoms very loosely packed together and has an electrical charge
plasma has an indefinite shape, indefinite volume, and electrical charge
plasma examples: lightning, surface of the sun
matter anything that has mass and takes up space
condensation when a gas loses energy and becomes a liquid
evaporation when a liquid gains energy and becomes a gas
freeze when a liquid loses energy and becomes a solid
melt when a solid gains energy and becomes a liquid
sublimation when a solid gains energy and becomes a gas
deposition when a gas loses energy and becomes a solid
Created by: Ms Potts