Steel, plastic and wood are solids at room temperature. Ice is solid water.
The particles in a solid have the following characteristics:
they are close together
they are arranged in a regular pattern
they are held together by strong forces called bonds
they can vibrate in a fixed position
they cannot move from place to place
The table shows some of the properties of solids and why they are like this.
|Property of solids||Why they are like this|
|They have a fixed shape and cannot flow.||The particles cannot move from place to place.|
|They cannot be compressed or squashed.||The particles are close together and have no space to move into.|
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