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(Big Think)   Seven states of matter? I got some catching up to do   ( divider line
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2022-04-21 12:49:14 PM  
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Merltech: [ image 850x637]
I remember these in grade school, but they had numbers imbedded in it.

You can't fool me, that's a colorblind test.

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2022-04-21 2:08:54 PM  
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There are way more than seven states of matter.  Also states of matter aren't really discrete things, that is kind of an illusion from our experience with solids liquids and gases, and even that's not entirely true for just those.  By some definitions, plasma isn't a separate state (there's not really a phase transition from gas).

But, depending on how you define states of matter, there are more than seven and could be a lot more.  Some states are material-specific (water has about eight different phases of ice).  It makes some sense to even regard different crystaline structures as different states.
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