Matter exists in 3 states of matter, namely, solid state, liquid state and gaseous state.
Characteristics of Matter in Solid, Liquid and Gaseous State
|Arrangement of Particles||Particles are arranged in orderly manner and close to one another.
||Particles are not arranged in order. The space between particles is moderately large.
||The particles are very far apart and randomly arrange.
|Movement of Particles||Particles vibrate at fixed positions.||Particles move randomly and slowly and sometimes will collide against each other.||The particles move randomly in all directions at great speed.|
|Force of Attraction between particles||very strong||Strong but weaker than in the solid state.||very weak|
|Ability to be compressed||Very difficult to be compressed because the particles are packed closely.||Not easily compressed because the particles are packed quite closely.||Easily compressed because the particles are very far apart.|
|Volume||Fixed||Fixed||Follows the container|
|Heat Energy content||Lowest Energy Content||Moderate energy content.||Highest
|Shape||Fixed||Follows the container||Fills the whole container|