Particles and Energy
Increasing the temperature causes particles to gain speed and energy.

Particles and Energy

This KS2 Science quiz, Particles and Energy, is all about the way that particles in solids, liquids and gases behave and how they interact with energy, for example in evaporation and condensation.

Matter (that's solids, liquids or gases) is all made up from particles. Electrons, neutrinos and photons are all subatomic particles. A particle is something that is so tiny we can't see it. Scientists are continuously investigating matter and the particles from which matter is made. Atoms are so tiny you wouldn't even be able to see them with a good microscope - you would need a very special microscope. But atoms aren't the smallest particles - electrons, protons and neutrons are even tinier. And just wait until you learn about quarks!

How do the particles in solids, liquids and gases behave differently to one another? Sound waves make which particles vibrate? See how much you know about particles and the energy they hold by trying this science quiz.

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  1. A vibrating object causes air particles to vibrate. These air particles cause other air particles to vibrate, which cause more air particles to vibrate.  What is this movement of energy called?
    Sound is a vibration in the air
  2. Increasing the temperature causes particles to gain what?
    The energy speeds up the particles so they are gaining both speed and energy
  3. Particles in which state of matter are tightly packed?
    When a substance is solid, its particles do not move around much. Because their particles are so tightly packed, solids keep their shape unless forced to change (i.e. by cutting or squashing)
  4. Lowering the temperature of a substance causes its particles to do what?
    Lowering the temperature reduces the amount of energy
  5. What are light particles known as?
    The clue is in the name! 'Photo' means 'related to light'
  6. Sound waves can cause which of these to vibrate?
    This is why sound can pass through almost any material
  7. What takes place when particles gain enough energy to escape the surface of a liquid?
    If you heat a liquid up you are giving it energy and it might evaporate
  8. Which of the following is true of the particles of a liquid?
    Liquids are halfway between a solid and a gas
  9. Which state of matter has particles which move very fast?
    The particles in gases move much faster than those in a liquid and those of a solid hardly move at all
  10. Sound waves travel fastest through which material?
    Vibrations can be passed along more quickly when particles are closer together, as they are in a solid

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