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What is the difference between the liquid state and the gaseous state?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: Jun 24, 2019

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F. Daniel

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F. DanielContent Optimization Executive, Diploma in Journalism, California
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Answered on Jul 16, 2019

Both the liquid state and the gaseous state are two out of the three states of matter. Matter simply means anything that has weight and occupies space. There are so many things that can be used to differentiate between the liquid state and gaseous state. An example of material in the liquid state is water, and an example of material in the gaseous state is air. One of the characteristics of a liquid is that, it has a fixed volume. When you pour any liquid into a container, they liquid will fill up the container with respect to its volume, while gas does not have a fixed volume because it moves in a random motion.

The intermolecular force of attraction between a liquid is very much higher than the one that exists between a gas. And this is the reason why water molecules are held together, while gas particles are loosely held. Liquids flow in a definite motion, while gases move in a random motion. And more importantly, you can't compare the weight of a liquid to a gas.

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B. Rickets

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Answered on Jun 24, 2019

Both the liquid state and the gaseous state are two out of the three states of matter. Matter simply means anything that has weight and occupies space. There are so many things that can be used to differentiate between the liquid state and gaseous state. An example of material in the liquid state is water, and an example of material in the gaseous state is air. One of the characteristics of a liquid is that, it has a fixed volume. When you pour any liquid into a container, they liquid will fill up the container with respect to its volume, while gas does not have a fixed volume because it moves in a random motion.

The intermolecular force of attraction between a liquid is very much higher than the one that exists between a gas. And this is the reason why water molecules are held together, while gas particles are loosely held. Liquids flow in a definite motion, while gases move in a random motion. And more importantly, you can't compare the weight of a liquid to a gas.

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C. Perez

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C. PerezWriter, Writer, Cleveland
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Answered on Jun 18, 2019

The particles in a liquid have less space between them because the fluid is restricted to the container in which it is held. The particles are small, close together, so they move slower than the particles of gas. Gas has no definite shape because it diffuses freely in all directions, and it has much higher energy compared to all three states which would be substantial, liquid, or gas. Because it is free the particles of gas show more movement, and they spread as copiously as they can. Because of its ability to fill any container or move freely, its molecules move freely and continuously, whereas, the liquid is bound to the vessel in which it resides, and the particles are not so free.

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