Naturally, on Earth elements exist in solid, liquid, or gaseous states. However, there is a fourth state of matter that can be found, or manufactured. It is called plasma. This state of matter occurs when a certain portion of particles are ionized.
Plasma is the most common state of matter in the universe but does not occur naturally on Earth. A great example of plasma is the sun, while water is an example of a liquid, ice is a solid, and the helium used to fill balloons is a gas.
There are five states of matter. These include solids, liquids, gases, plasma, and Bose Einstein Condensates. The main difference in the structure is the densities of the particles. Particles of solids have shallow kinetic energy. Solids have a definite shape and volume. Liquids have more kinetic energy than solids. Liquids also have an indefinite shape because the particles of a liquid have just enough room to flow around each other. Gases have high kinetic energy.
They have no definite volume and no exact shape because gases have enough kinetic energy to overcome intermolecular forces that hold solids and liquids together. Plasma is the most recurrent state of matter in the universe. Stars are superheated balls of plasma.