What is the most common reason for matter changing its state?

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What is the most common reason for matter changing its state?

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What is the most common reason for matter changing its state?
« Reply #1 on: 14/11/2010 22:48:22 »
The particles' energy becomes greater than the potential barrier of the interaction field with the other particles.
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What is the most common reason for matter changing its state?
« Reply #2 on: 14/11/2010 23:09:23 »
Sami asked the Naked Scientists:
   
What is the most common reason for matter changing its state?

What do you think?

Characteristics of its environment in which it exists, with the respect of its own characteristics of existance.

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What is the most common reason for matter changing its state?
« Reply #3 on: 08/12/2010 01:17:29 »
matter changes its state because of transformation of energy

when a substance freezes its heat energy transforms it into force of attraction

same in liquefying  of gaseous substance

and vicea versa in boiling and melting

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« Reply #4 on: 08/12/2010 06:38:35 »
The particles' energy becomes greater than the potential barrier of the interaction field with the other particles.

Yup, or the reverse where it goes in reverse and loses energy so that the interaction field takes over again. 

I'd guess that the most common form of this energy here on earth is heat.