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Solids have definite shapes and volumes because their atoms and molecules are held together firmly by the strong inter-molecular forces. At low temperatures, the kinetic energy in the solid is usually not enough to overc... More »

Solids maintain a definite shape and volume because their atoms are tightly bound to each other. Solids can be crystalline or amorphous. In crystalline solids, such as ice and metal, atoms are arranged in a regular geome... More »

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The state of matter called a solid does have a definite volume and shape. This is one of the properties that defines a solid. Some other properties pertaining to a solid are that the molecules within a solid are packed t... More »

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By definition, solids have a fixed volume. The atoms or molecules composing a solid are closely packed together and are stabilized by interatomic or intermolecular forces, making them resistant to further compression. More »

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Gases and plasmas have neither definite shapes nor definite volumes. They both expand to fill available space, and can be reshaped by their containers. Liquids have definite volume, while solids have both definite shape ... More »

Most solids, liquids and gases expand when they are heated because the molecules that make up the substance move more rapidly, which puts more distance between each of the molecules. This property of matter hold true irr... More »

The key difference between a liquid and a gas is that the atoms or molecules in a gas are separated from each other and are not arranged in any particular order. The particles of a liquid are close together, even though ... More »