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  • Solids stay in one place and can be held.

  • Solids keep their shape. They do not flow like liquids.

  • Solids always take up the same amount of space. They do not spread out like gases.

  • Solids can be cut or shaped.

  • Even though they can be poured, sugar, salt and flour are all solids. Each particle of salt, for example, keeps the same shape and volume.

  • Heating some solids can turn them into liquids.

    Cooking with a saucepan
  • Cooling a liquid can turn it into a solid.

    Frozen ice cubes

Examples of solids

Sand and wood

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