States of Matter

states_of_matterThe four most familiar states of matter are solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Other states exist (such as Bose-Einstein condensates), but if I talk about them I couldn’t put them into a nice fourfold.

Note that the sequence of plasma, gas, liquid, and solid is arranged in the order of highest to lowest temperature (usually). Compare this to the classical Four Elements of Empedocles (Fire, Air, Water, and Earth) and to the made-up fourfold of Bright-to-Dark, based on light.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_matter

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_states.html

http://gizmodo.com/there-are-way-more-than-three-states-of-matter-1182677930

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One Response to “States of Matter”

  1. Matter, Energy, Space, and Time | Equivalent eXchange Says:

    […] there are obvious analogies between this fourfold and the Four Elements and the Four States of Matter. I have also used the pairs space-time and matter-energy as two parts of the fourfold Noether’s […]

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