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States of Matter Explained

Space
Between
Particles

Volume

Shape

Compressibi
lity

Particle
Arrangemen
t

Solid

No
(particles
form tightly
packed
geometric
patterns)

Definite

Definite

No

Packed
together
tightly

Liquid

A little Bit

Definite

Indefinite
A little bit
Spread
(Takes the
apart
shape of the
container)
Gas
A lot of
Indefinite
Indefinite
yes
Roaming
Space
(Takes the
everywhere
shape of the
container)
Plasma – Superheated, ionized gas found in areas of extreme heat (i.e. stars)