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Matter comes in three states that are distinguished by the strength
bonds holding the molecules of the matter together. The three
- Solids: The strong bonds between molecules make solids
rigid and very
difficult to deform.
- Liquids: The relatively weak bonds between molecules
to be deformed without effort. Liquids have a fixed volume, but
their shape is
determined by the shape of the container holding them.
- Gases: Virtually no bonds exist between gas molecule
so that gases can spread
into any available space. The volume of a gas is determined by the
size of the
container holding it.