Posted by: tpsciencefun | June 7, 2013

Plasma Alert

What is the most abundant form of matter in the know universe!?  Clue: the answer is not one of the “ordinary” states known as  liquid, solid or gas!!  Our schools still teach that there are only three states of matter, but that is just not the case.  So, what is the fourth state??  Ask a 4th or 5th grade Torrey Pines’ scientist and you will soon learn about the most original form of matter—-PLASMA.  (From Jefferson Lab, “To put it very simply, a plasma is an ionized gas, a gas into which sufficient energy is provided to free electrons from atoms or molecules and to allow both species, ions and electrons, to coexist. The funny thing about that is, that as far as we know, plasmas are the most common state of matter in the universe. They are even common here on earth.”)

A huge thanks  General Atomics for sending out their awesome scientist, Mr. Rick Lee, to teach us all about it and other cool aspects of physics!!







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