Chemistry

Question

Which phase of matter consists of particles that are held together but have the ability to flow past each other?

2 Answer

  • liquid making it the correct answer

  • Explanation:

    In solids, molecules are held together due to strong intermolecular force of attraction between them. These molecules do not move past each other as they are fixed at their position. As a result, solids have definite shape and volume.

    In liquids, molecules are less tightly held as a result the molecules are able to move and hence they slide past each other. Liquids do not have fixed shape and volume.

    In gases, molecules are held by weak Vander waal forces. Therefore, they move rapidly from one place to another with more collisions.

    Thus, we can conclude that liquid is the phase of matter which consists of particles that are held together but have the ability to flow past each other.

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