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States of Matter

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Brian Sullivan

on 16 January 2015

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Transcript of States of Matter

What makes a solid a solid, a liquid a liquid and a gas a gas?
States of Matter
Are these fish swimming through a solid, liquid or gas?
Is this penguin standing on a solid, liquid or gas?

Is this seagull flying through a solid, liquid or gas?
Observe the rock on your table.
Can a solid be compressed?
(Squished so it takes up less volume?)
How did you know?
Does a solid flow? Does it move easily from place to place?
Does a solid take the shape of whatever you put it in?
Does a solid automatically fill the volume of whatever container you put it in?
Observe the water on your table.
Does a liquid flow?
Can a liquid be compressed?
Does a liquid automatically take the shape of whatever you put it in?
Does a liquid automatically fill the volume of whatever container you put it in?
Observe the balloon filled with air on your table.
Does a gas flow?
Can a gas be compressed?

Does a gas automatically take the shape of whatever you put it in?
Start ~ 0:35
Does a gas automatically fill the volume of whatever container you put it in?
Let's see another example of how gases behave.
What about sand? It's a solid, but doesn't sand flow?
Start ~4:40
Compare "flowing" sand with this video. Why does sand appear to be flowing, but not the rocks in this land-slide?
Sponges are solids too, but sponges can be compressed...can't they?

Start ~2:20
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