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States of Matter

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There are three states of matter which occur naturally on Earth: Solid, Liquid, and Gas.

Recall: What is matter? 

Characteristics of each phase (Fill out the rest of the table)

Phase Shape Volume Particle behavior
Solid rigid shapes
Liquid definite volume
Gas particles move freely with little to no attraction to each other


Look around you. Can you find an example for solid, liquid, and gas?

Credit: Sharon Mollerus
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/426738884/in/photostream/
License: CC BY-NC 3.0


Ice is water in its solid state. [Figure1]


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What are each of the phase changes between the three states of matter called?

boiling, melting, vaporization, condesation, sublimation, deposition

What's the fourth type of matter? Identify where this matter may occur.

 plasma. some examples: plasma televisions, the sun

What are some factors that may drive matter to change into a different state? 

Temperature and pressure

What type of change are phase changes categorized as?

physical changes

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  1. [1]^ Credit: Sharon Mollerus; Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clairity/426738884/in/photostream/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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