Chemistry: What Are Solids?

What Are Solids?

Solids are the state of matter in which the atoms or molecules are locked into place by either chemical bonds or forces between molecules called "intermolecular forces." Solids are usually hard, have a shape that doesn't change, and possess a fixed volume.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chemistry © 2003 by Ian Guch. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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