Josh Huver Mr. BillingsH. Chem.5 June, 2006The states of matter have a lot to do with the kinetic theory. The kinetic theory states that all forms of matter are always in constant motion. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion. As kinetic energy increases, so does the temprature. When an object is at rest it holds potential energy, and while it is moving, or melting or evaporating, it exhibits kinetic energy. Solids are usually hard because their molecules have been packed together. The closer your molecules are, the harder you are. Solids also can hold their own shape. A rock will always look like a rock unless something happens to it. The general properties of solids reflect the orderly arrangements of their particles and the fixed location of their particles. While in solid form, the particles are strictly confined and unable to move around far from each other or very fast. As a solid rests, its potential energy is consistant. As the temprature rises, the solid melts into a liquid creating more kinetic energy than potential. The solid melts into a liquid. The melting point is
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