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Is cloth a solid or a liquid?

  1. Jul 8, 2004 #1
    Well? Is something like a shirt considered a solid, even though it can easily take the shape of it's container?
     
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    My instincts say 'solid.' Thin gold leaf is likewise very flexible, but also solid in my book.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2004 #3
    Think of it this way, if you try to cram a shirt, or any material, in a container there will still be air pockets, thus not complete conformity. Also, the molecules of cloth are locked and cannot freely move about and slide past each other. Vote: Solid
     
  5. Jul 9, 2004 #4
    Solid!

    A liquid is free flowing.

    Here's a brain buster:

    Smoke, a solid, or liquid, or gas?

    OUUU. This one is rather interesting!
     
  6. Jul 9, 2004 #5
    Well I vote a complex malleable porous solid.
     
  7. Jul 9, 2004 #6

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    Cloth is most definitely solid.

    Smoke is primarily composed of micron sized carbon particles - these are solid.
     
  8. Jul 9, 2004 #7

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    Smoke is solid. It is tiny solid particles suspended in air.

    I suppose there could be liquid smoke - a by-product of combustion that takes the form of tiny liquid droplets suspended in air, but I am not familiar with anything that would produce it.

    Gasses could never be considered smoke, since all gasses are infinitely miscible.

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  9. Jul 9, 2004 #8

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    More precisely smoke is a colloid: mixture of solid and gas or liquid and gas, basically a mixture of components in different phases.

    Example of liquid smoke: steam coming out of the tea cooker :tongue2: basically a mist (mist is a colloid).
     
  10. Jul 11, 2004 #9

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    Addressing the original question, the ability to take the shape of the container is a poor way to characterize the state of matter. The distinction is made on the basis of inter-atomic/inter-molecular interactions. The strength of these interactions is manifest in macroscopic properties such as viscosity.
     
  11. Jul 11, 2004 #10

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    What happens if the container is bigger than the shirt.. it won't take take the shape of the container..
     
  12. Jul 12, 2004 #11
    Hydrogen in oxygen?
     
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