• Question: out of the 15 stats of matter how many can be found on earth and where can the others be found

    Asked by eevee to Adam, Sheila, Suzie on 25 Mar 2011 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Suzie Sheehy

      Suzie Sheehy answered on 24 Mar 2011:

      Thanks for your question – I had to google this one as I couldn’t list 15 and found this list:
      1 The three classical states
      1.1 Solid
      1.2 Liquid
      1.3 Gas
      2 Non classical states
      2.1 Glass
      2.2 Crystals with some degree of disorder
      2.3 Liquid crystal states
      2.4 Magnetically ordered
      3 Low-temperature states
      3.1 Superfluids
      3.2 Bose-Einstein condensates
      3.3 Fermionic condensates
      3.4 Rydberg molecules
      3.5 Quantum Hall states
      3.6 Strange matter
      4 High-energy states
      4.1 Plasma (ionized gas)
      4.2 Quark-gluon plasma
      5 Very high energy states
      6 Other proposed states
      6.1 Degenerate matter
      6.2 Supersolid
      6.3 String-net liquid
      6.4 Superglass

      (it’s just from wikipedia if you google states of matter!)
      The ‘theoretical’ ones under section 6 we don’t have on Earth but might one day be able to make using a particle accelerator. All of the others I believe we either have around us normally like liquid, solids and gases, or we can make them in the lab like plasma, bose-einstein condensates or the other ones in section 4.

      Have a read of the article though if you want to know more:

    • Photo: Sheila Kanani

      Sheila Kanani answered on 24 Mar 2011:

      Oh I am not sure, but we could work it out….I know of solid, gas, liquid, plasma…..

    • Photo: Adam Tuff

      Adam Tuff answered on 25 Mar 2011:

      Solid, liquid and gas appear naturally on Earth, and you can sometimes see things like plasmas. There are other things, “non-classical” states that also exist like glass, and magnetically ordered. Other states I imagine would only exist in the laboratory environment or out in space at the extremes – Bose-Einstein condensates have been created, as well as plasmas. Some really extreme states don’t readily occur in nature on the earth, such as quark-gluon plasmas. Some of these things may exist for split-seconds during rare interactions – I’m not sure about that though.