Glossary term: Matter

Description: Matter is anything that occupies space and has a mass. The most familiar states of matter are solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. The heating or cooling of a substance changes its state of matter from one form to another. The quantity of matter is measured in mass units, e.g. kilograms (kg).

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