What are the 3 states of matter by telling their characteristics relating to volume, shape and the particles?

1 Answer
Jul 6, 2017


  1. Solid State
  2. Liquid State
  3. Gas State

See Characteristics Below...


Solids (Characteristics)
#-># In a solid, particles are packed tightly together so they are unable to move about very much.

#-># Particles of a solid have very low kinetic energy.

#-># The electrons of each atom are in motion, so the atoms have a small vibration, but they are fixed in their position.

#-># Solids have a definite shape.

#-># They do not conform to the shape of the container in which they are placed.

#-># They also have a definite volume.

#-># The particles of a solid are already so tightly packed together that increasing pressure will not compress the solid to a smaller volume.

Liquids (Characteristics)
#-># In the liquid phase, the particles of a substance have more kinetic energy than those in a solid.

#-># The liquid particles are not held in a regular arrangement, but are still very close to each other so liquids have a definite volume.

#-># Liquids, like solids, cannot be compressed.

#-># Particles of a liquid have just enough room to flow around each other, so liquids have an indefinite shape.

#-># A liquid will change shape to conform to its container.

#-># Force is spread evenly throughout the liquid, so when an object is placed in a liquid, the liquid particles are displaced by the object.

Gases (Characteristics)
#-># Gas particles have a great deal of space between them and have high kinetic energy.

#-># When a gas is put under pressure by reducing the volume of the container, the space between particles is reduced, and the pressure exerted by their collisions increases.

#-># If the volume of the container is held constant, but the temperature of the gas increases, then the pressure will also increase.

#-># Gas particles have enough kinetic energy to overcome inter-molecular forces that hold solids and liquids together. thus a gas has no definite volume and no definite shape.