Properties of Matter

  • Shih-I Pai
Part of the Vieweg Tracts in Pure and Applied Physics book series (VTPAP, volume 3)


The properties of matter have been described from both microscopic and macroscopic points of view since ancient time. The atomic theory of matter which is usually attributed to the Greek philosopher Democritus has been clearly expressed by Newton. Further development of the atomic theory by Dalton and others gives us the modern concept of the kinetic theory of matter. Theoretically, it should be possible to calculate the bulk properties of matter from the properties of individual particles of matter and the knowledge of the forces which the particles exert on each other. However, because of many physical and mathematical difficulties, the kinetic theory of matter in general and that of liquid in particular is still far from well developed. But the results of some kinetic theories such as those of gases and solids do give us many interesting and important results of the properties of matter.


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  • Shih-I Pai
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  1. 1.Institute for Physical Science and TechnologyUniversity of MarylandMarylandUSA

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