Matter

Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Matter

All materials take up space. These materials can be in the form of a solid, liquid, or gas. These are the states of matter. Each state has unique properties.

Vocabulary

  • Matter: takes up space
  • Mass: large body of matter with no fixed shape.
  • Volume: the amount of space that an object occupies a container.

Solids, Liquids, and Gases

  • Solids are the only state of matter to keep their own shape. They only change shape by force. They have a fixed volume. Solids also have mass.
  • Liquids take the shape of the container they occupy. Liquids have a fixed volume.
  • Gases spread out in all directions to fill the container or the air. They don't have a definite shape. Gases do not have volume.

The Different States of Matter

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