Liquids will flow and fill up any shape of container. Solids like to hold their shape. In the same way that a large solid holds its shape, the atoms inside of a solid are not allowed to move around too much. Atoms and molecules in liquids and gases are bouncing and floating around, free to move where they want.
What are solids liquids and gases called?
A solid has a definite shape and volume. A liquid has a definite volume but it takes the shape of a container whereas a gas fills the entire volume of a container. You already know that diamond and graphite are solids made up of the element carbon. They are two phases of carbon, but both are solids.
What are some examples of a solid?
Examples of solids are common table salt, table sugar, water ice, frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice), glass, rock, most metals, and wood. When a solid is heated, the atoms or molecules gain kinetic energy .
What is the difference between a solid and a gas?
Differences between solids, liquids and gases. Gases, liquids and solids are all made up of atoms, molecules and ions, but the behaviours of these particles differ in the three phases of solid, liquid and gas. The particles behave the same no matter whether they are solid, liquid or gas. Solids can be cut or shaped.