States of Matter: Solids, liquids and gases

The picture shows a wooden table with a glass of water and a spoon made of stainless steel sitting on top of it. Around the edges of the picture are representations of the various forms that matter is capable of taking. Both the spoon and the glass of water are examples of solid matter, but the water in the glass is an example of liquid matter. One example of gaseous matter is the air that is present all around the glass.


Every solid object that can be seen in the picture has a fixed shape. Both the metal spoon and the glass are impenetrable by each other. Also, the wood cannot be broken through by the glass. This means that the particles that make them up need to be held tightly and strongly together, with very little space in between them.


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