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What things can change into three states of matter other than water?
Question Date: 2017-02-21
Answer 1:

Hi, I assume you are talking about the solid, liquid and gas states of water. Almost everything can be turned into these three states of matter. The most direct way of making this happen is to change the temperature. You know when it is very cold, water turns into ice and when it is very hot, we get water vapor or the gas state of water. Since water is the most common thing on Earth and the temperature required to make this happen is close to temperature outside and easily accessible, we can easily see the transition between those three states of matter.

As for other material, the temperature required to make the transition is quite different, depending on the material. A good and simple example is mercury. Below the temperature of -38 Fahrenheit, mercury is solid; above 674 F, it is gas; when the temperature is in between these two, it is in the liquid state. That is why mercury is liquid at room temperature. The general tendency is that cold is good for solid and hot is good for gas. Some material such as iron stay as solid at room temperature. You need to reach a really high temperature to make it liquid and even higher temperature to turn it into gas. To melt iron, you need to heat it up to 2800 F and you need an ever higher temperature to turn it into gas.


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