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Unformatted text preview: What is Plasma? Plasma is the fourth state of matter. It makes up most of the universe and is present in stars and the sun. Plasma is made of gas atoms with an addition of energy and heat that caused the atoms to lose their electrons. The atoms are now positive, and the electrons are floating around. Plasma can be found in fluorescent lamps and neon signs. Plasma can get to very high temperatures. Plasma has no definite volume and no definite shape. After plasma, there is even a 5 th state of matter called Bose-Einstein Condensate which is extremely cold. In BEC, a group of atoms clump together, form one huge atom. REFERNCE 1 http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-plasma.htm REFERENCE 2 umanitoba.ca/.../The%20States%20of%20Matter%20Activity%20C11-1-01.doc ARTICLE 1 Plasma is a phase of matter distinct from solids, liquids, and gases. It is the most abundant phase of matter in the universe -- both stars and interstellar dust consist of plasma. Although it is its own phase of matter, plasma is often referred to as an ionized gas. This is similar to a normal gas, except that electrons matter, plasma is often referred to as an ionized gas....
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2012 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Dr.chan during the Fall '11 term at Marine Biological Laboratory.
- Fall '11