States of Matter is a six-volume set that examines all aspects of physical science, including the structure of atoms, the structure and properties of matter, the nature of chemical reactions, the behavior of matter in motion and when forces are applied, the mass-energy conservation principle, the role of thermodynamic properties such as internal energy and entropy (disorder principle), and the ways matter and energy interact on various scales and levels in the physical universe.
This informative set introduces readers to some of the most important solids in today's global civilization, such as carbon, concrete, coal, gold, copper, salt, aluminum, and iron. Important liquids, including water, oil, blood, and milk, are also treated. In addition to air (the most commonly encountered gas here on Earth), readers will discover the unusual properties and interesting applications of other important gases, such as hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, xenon, krypton, and helium. Each volume includes an index, an appendix with the latest version of the periodic table, a chronology of notable events, a glossary of significant terms and concepts, a helpful list of Internet resources, and an array of historical and current print sources for further research.
For each title: Full-color photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendix. Glossary. Chronology. Further resources.
About the Author(s)
Joseph A. Angelo Jr., Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and is currently an adjunct professor in the science department of Valencia Community College, where he teaches an introductory astronomy course called The Cosmic Perspective. He is the author of many reference books, including the Frontiers in Space set and the award-winning Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy, both for Facts On File.