OK - atom-atom interactions tend to be different from molecule-molecule interactions and molecule-atom interactions.
Well, I guess that that makes it more complicated. Anyways, if all molecules can be cooled down to a solid, then my point can still be made.
That's right - when an atoms stay close to other atoms we say the atoms are "bonded" to each other. Some effort is required to separate them.
There are different ways that atoms may become bonded to each other.
You will notice, though, that a structure like a bridge may not be made out of a single slab of a substance - two solids may be joined by drilling holes through them and fitting a third solid through the hole ... those two solids are now bound by the third one.
Yes, a bridge can be built in many ways, but I was not trying to change the topic to how people make bridges when I wrote that analogy. I was just trying to make it clear how the substance was placed. I am confused about the fact that every single substance has the ability to become solid (or at least nearly every single substance), so every single substance must somehow bond its atoms/molecules when it is cooled and/or pressurized. I don't understand how this is possible without some sort of "universal" bond.
What I am trying to get you to realize is the variety of possible bonds.
In previous replies you have been jumping around material types and bond types and getting confused: the confusion comes from the changes in types. A description for one will not apply to another. i.e. you talked about sharing electrons for eg ... but that's not the only way to bind two atoms.
I am not getting confused. Like I said, I understand what has been written. It is just that everything I am writing turns out to be more complicated than I meant it to be. This is why I was writing about the bridge scenario, yet you still tell me of the other complications that I am trying to avoid. Yes, I understand that there are many types of materials all with different types of bonds. Yes, I also understand that the variety of bonds is large. But, this is not my point.
Define "true solid". What would a "false solid" be like?
Nevermind about that.
You didn't look up "solid helium" did you?
I just looked it up and found out that helium at absolute zero at pressures under 1 atm are still non-solid. Is this what you wanted me to know?
No - and you do not appear to be understanding me.
I don't care how far you got in school - I need to know where you want me to pitch the replies.
What do you mean when you say, "pitch the replies"? Also, what do you mean by education level if not the classes I have taken?