Chemistry: An Atoms-Focused Approach

Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393912345
ISBN 13: 978-0-39391-234-0

Chapter 1 - Matter and Energy - Questions and Problems - Page 34: 7


Both liquid water and ice have fixed volumes. Liquid water and ice contain water molecules surrounding one another, and both states are not compressible. A difference between the two states is that liquid water does not have a definite shape whereas ice does have a definite shape. In liquid water, the water molecules can move quite freely, sliding over one another; with ice, the water molecules are fixed in space, surrounded by the same neighbors all the time.

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