The phrase five states of matter is a term to describe everything that makes up the “stuff” in the universe — anything that takes up space and has mass is matter. But that phrase is actually outdated, as there are many more states of matter than that. Four of these occur naturally, while others are only made fleetingly in the lab, under extreme conditions.
All matter is made up of atoms, which are in turn made up of protons, neutrons and electrons.
Atoms come together to form molecules, which are the building blocks for all types of matter, according to Washington State University (opens in new tab). Both atoms and molecules are held together by a form of potential energy called chemical energy (opens in new tab), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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