matter

States of Matter

Most people are familiar with three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. Actually, if you dig into the world of physics, there are several more, but for now we will only add plasma to the list, and we will look at the first three states before talking about plasma.

Solid

Things like rocks, wood and ice are solid. Solids stay the same size and shape, no matter what container we put them in.

Liquid

Things such as alcohol, oil, and water are liquids. They stay the same size, but they change their shape to fit their container.

What is a Higgs boson, and why should I care?

The Higgs boson is one of the particles that have been predicted, but has only recently been detected. It was predicted by several physicists, including theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. That is where the first part of the name came from.

OK, so what is a boson? That huge number of elementary particles is divided into two major groups: fermions and bosons. Fermions are sometimes called matter particles because they are the particles that take up space. Two fermions cannot be in the same spot at the same time.

Air Space

There are only two more days before we head for New Zealand. I am looking forward to the farm, the beach, seeing friends, and the food. It will be a LONG flight, but I am even looking forward to that. Most of my packing is done, and I am down to the "what did I forget" stage.

A Watched Pot

This experiment came from researching an experiment on cooked vegetables. As I was boiling each vegetable sample, I had quite a bit of time to watch the water boil. If you have ever watched a pot of water boil, did you notice all the strange things the bubbles did? No? Then it is time to go back to the stove and boil some water.

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