# States of Matter, Physical Science Game

What is meant by states of matter? In physics, a state of matter refers to one of the distinct forms in which matter can exist. There are traditionally four states of matter which we can observe in everyday life – solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Think about water – What states can water exist in? Clue: What are ice and vapor? Play this game to learn the differences between states of matter.

The Four States of Matter - Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma – and Bose-Einstein Condensate
Historically, there were only four classical states of matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gases. Today, however, we know that there are many more states of matter, including Bose-Einstein condensates. Let's review the differences between the four states in this article. If you'd like to learn more about the different states of matter, read on. Afterwards, we'll discuss the Bose-Einstein condensate.
Solids
The first part of the lesson on solids will include exploring and comparing the properties of various substances. Students will learn how different solids can be cut, sliced, smashed, and compressed, and they will learn about the properties of matter by experiencing the behavior of various materials. After examining these different materials, students will learn how to classify them using the properties of the substances they studied. Lastly, students will learn how solids are made, and they will apply this knowledge to their daily life.
Liquids
What are the different states of matter? Scientists divide them into solids, liquids and gases. Solids, liquids and gases are organized by different forces. Chemical equations show the state of matter as (s), (l), or ("g"). Aqueous solution is denoted by (aq") and plasma is rarely used in chemical equations. In this article, we will explore the different states of matter and what each one means.
Gases
We've discussed the first two states of matter, solids and liquids, but what about gases? Gases are in between these two extremes and they exhibit very different properties from one another. In fact, gases appear to have no definite structure and, therefore, no volume, shape, or size. However, they do have definite properties that are affected by their volume and shape. Read on to learn about how gases change over time.
Plasma
Plasma is frequently referred to as “the fourth state of matter,” along with solid, liquid and gas. Just as a liquid will boil, changing into a gas when energy is added, heating a gas will form a plasma – a soup of positively charged particles (ions) and negatively charged particles (electrons).

Bose-Einstein condensates
The discovery of Bose-Einstein condensate was a huge step for quantum physics. In fact, it gave scientists a unique way to examine quantum physics with a magnifying glass. It also opened a whole new branch of atomic physics and spawned a treasure trove of scientific discoveries. Here, we'll explore how this new state of matter affects atoms and how it is replicated in other types of matter.