Matter In Our Surroundings
States of Matter
There are three states of matter – solid, liquid and gas.
Matters which have fixed volume and shape are called solids. For example - stone, wood, brick, ice, sugar, salt, coal, etc.
All metals are solid except mercury and gallium.
Properties of solids
- Solid has fixed volume.
- Solid has fixed shape.
- Solid has high density.
- Solids are heavy.
- Solid does not flow.
Matters which have fixed volume but indefinite shape are called liquids. For example - milk, water, petrol, kerosene, alcohol, oil, etc. Since liquid can flow, it is also called fluid.
Properties of liquid
- Liquid has definite volume.
- Liquid has no definite shape.
- Liquid gets the shape of container in which it is kept.
- Liquid cannot be compressed much.
- Liquid has less density compare to solid.
- Liquid is lighter than solid.
- Liquid flows and hence is called fluid.
Matters which have indefinite shape and volume are called gases. For example - air, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon-dioxide, etc.
Properties of gas
- Gas has indefinite shape
- Gas has no fixed volume.
- Gas gets the shape and volume of container.
- Gas fills the container completely.
- Gas has very low density.
- Because of low density gas are light.
- Gas can flow easily and hence are called fluid.
Cause of different physical states of matters
The physical states of matter depend upon three main factors:
- The force of attraction between particles.
- The space between the particles.
- The kinetic energy of particles.
- The force of attraction between the particles of solids is very strong.
- There are minimum spaces between the particles of solids.
- The particles of solids have minimum kinetic energy.
Because of great force of attraction particles of solids are closely packed together. This makes the space between particles of solids almost negligible. The lowest kinetic energy of particles does not able to move the particles of solids.
Hence, the great force of attraction and least space between particles of solids and lowest kinetic energy of particles keep the particles at fixed places. Because of the combination of these characters matter exists in solid state.
- The force of attraction between particles of solid is strong but less strong than solids.
- The space between particles is more than that of solid but not too more.
- The kinetic energy of particles is greater than solid.
Strong force of attraction keeps the particles of liquids packed together. But the force of attraction between particles of solids is less strong than that of solid. Because of this particles of liquids are loosely packed compared to solid. The kinetic energy of particles of liquids is greater than that of solids.
Because of more space between particles and more kinetic energy than solids the particles of liquids slide over one another. These characters make a matter to exist in liquid state.
Because of slide of particle over one another liquid can flow.
- The force of attraction between particles of gas is almost negligible.
- The space between particles of solid is greatest.
- The particles of gases have greatest kinetic energy.
Because of negligible force of attraction the particles of gases are loosely packed consequently there are lots of spaces between their particles. Because of greatest kinetic energy the particles of gas move with high speed.
Because of negligible force of attraction between particles and greatest kinetic energy the particles of gas have always tendency to escape out.
Because of these characters a matter exists in gaseous state.
Thus, these can be concluded that:
- A matter exists in solid state because of greatest force of attraction between its particles which makes the particles closely packed.
- A matter exists in liquid state because of less force of attraction between its particles than a solid, which makes the particles closely packed but allow to slide over one another.
- A matter exists in gaseous state because of almost negligible force of attraction between its particles, which is unable to keep the particles bonded together.
Other states of matter
Plasma and Bose-Einstein Condensate(BEC): fourth and fifth sate of matter
Plasma and BEC (Bose-Einstein Condensate) are considered as states of matter other than solid, liquid and gas. These are known as fourth and fifth states of matter.
Plasma: It is considered as the fourth state of matter. Plasma is similar to the gas. Particles of plasma are made of free electrons and ions.
Plasma does not have a definite shape or a definite volume unless enclosed in a container.
Plasma may be defined as an electrically neutral medium of positive and negative particles.
Plasma is one of the most commonly occurring states of matter in universe. Plasma occurs naturally in the stars. All stars are made of plasma. Because of the presence of plasma stars glow. Plasma is formed because of nuclear fusion in stars. Our sun glows because of presence of plasma.
Plasma TV got its name because of presence of plasma in it. Plasma is also found in fluorescent light or neon sign. Plasma is formed when electricity is passed in a fluorescent tube or neon sign, which makes them glow.