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# (a) Tabulate the differences in the characteristics of states of matter. (b) Comment upon the following: rigidity, compressibility, fluidity, filling a gas container, shape, kinetic energy and density.￼

-Nandita Bhattacharya , subject matter expert.

Answer: As we know that generally there are three states of matter that are solid, liquid and gas. These three states of matter differ in the properties. So, in the following table we will discuss about the characteristics of these three states of matter.

 PROPERTIES SOLID LIQUID GAS Rigidity Very rigid Less rigid than solids Not rigid at all Compressibility Negligible compressibility More compressible than solids High compressibility Fluidity Cannot flow Can flow easily Can flow most easily Filling a gas container Can only fill a gas container up to its original volume Can only fill a gas container up to its original volume Can fill the gas container completely Shape Definite shape Do not have a definite shape, will take the shape of the container. No definite shape Kinetic energy Least energetic More energetic than solids Most energetic Density Highly dense Moderately dense Least dense