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  1. #1 Stuff of stuff 
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    Okay;

    All chemical compounds and elements are essentially made from atoms so........

    an atom is essentially, Quarks & Gluons surrunded by an electron cloud.

    My question is if everything is made out of the same stuff (which it is) then how can one thing be a liquid, one thing be hard, one thing be green, the other blue, etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
    Okay;

    All chemical compounds and elements are essentially made from atoms so........

    an atom is essentially, Quarks & Gluons surrunded by an electron cloud.

    My question is if everything is made out of the same stuff (which it is) then how can one thing be a liquid, one thing be hard, one thing be green, the other blue, etc.
    its all in the electrons of the matter(the everything you refer to) i cant explain in any great detail cause im afraid of makin a mistake...

    electrons of atoms control the chemistry of the atoms. only the electrons. they bond, they do it all.

    lookin at your example, liquid and solids. well in a compound, if its supplied with more energy the atoms/molocules start to vibrate, and eventually come apart. The electrons are given the required energy to move. i suppose thats not really electron dependant as such, as its the molocules that are moving, and vibrating because of the energy. but then the amout of energy required is dependant on the size, and bonding nature of the molocule.

    in a solid the molocules are packed together. in a liquid they are more free moving, in a gas they are completly seperate. heat for example would give more energy to the water molocules to break free from each other, in the form of steam. if its cooled, the molocules pack together.

    ok, as for green and blue... color. colors are what we see, they are just light of different frequencys, not sure how much you know bout light.

    light is another energy form. as it enters the atoms/molocules it excites electrons to the next orbital. (to be simple bout it) so its the energy is absorbed from the light. this changes the light in a way that it looks different to our eyes. as the electrons drop they only emit certian wave lenghts, depending on the energy let out. this appears as a color.

    a good example of this is buring various salts. they burn different colors depending on the elements. thats a very rough explination...
    http://<br /> http://en.wikipedia.or...hange_of_state perhaps that might help somwhat in the change of state.

    for the color try searching white light and elements.

    hope i helped.

    Edit : I just want to stress, that the changes of state are not reallt anything about what i said about electrons much. think of it more as in the energy the compound contains


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    Hi,

    Yes it did, thanks I get the general gist of it. : - )
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    excellent. glad to have helped some.
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