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Changes of State

In this worksheet, students will study the arrangement of particles in the three states of matter (solids, liquids and gases) followed by the explanation of how they change from one to another.

'Changes of State' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Chemistry: The Particulate Nature of Matter

Curriculum subtopic:   Changes of State: Particle Model

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

The three states of matter are solid, liquid and gas. In solids, particles are held in a fixed pattern by strong bonds, but they vibrate. In liquids, the bonds between particles are weaker than in solids; the particles are still close to one another but are randomly arranged and free to move. In gases, particles are spread out widely and move faster than in solids and liquids.


The following diagram shows the arrangement of particles in the three states of matter:


Image of states of matter



Image of states of matter



When a solid is heated and reaches its melting point, it melts into a liquid.

When a liquid reaches its boiling point, it evaporates into a gas.

When you cool down a gas, you can condense it back into a liquid and a liquid turns into a solid when it reaches its freezing point.

The freezing and melting points of a substance are always the same temperatures.

Sublimation is when a solid turns straight into a gas.

Pure water becomes ice at 0 degrees Celsius and it boils at 100oC.


As the bonds that hold solid particles together are very strong, energy is needed to break them, so the particles start moving more freely when the substance becomes a liquid. When a solid turns back into a liquid, this energy is transferred to the surroundings, as it is no longer needed.


In order for our body to cool down, it produces sweat. Sweat uses heat from our bodies to evaporate.

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