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    1. What gives solid-state material it's integrity?

    2. What in terms of molecular structure allows a solid to be a solid?

    3. What are the components at hand, in terms of atomic arrangement, electron bonding, and band gaps, that make one combination of atoms a gas/liquid, and another a solid? (temperature aside)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nietzscheswoman View Post
    The same issue, 3 different ways of posing the question:

    1. What gives solid-state material it's integrity?

    2. What in terms of molecular structure allows a solid to be a solid?

    3. What are the components at hand, in terms of atomic arrangement, electron bonding, and band gaps, that make one combination of atoms a gas/liquid, and another a solid? (temperature aside)
    Why "temperature aside"? I would say that the neglect of temperature's effects would lead you away from a deeper understanding of what is going on. Consider, instead, why temperature should determine (in part) whether a substance is a gas, liquid or solid.
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    Because I already understand the effect that temperature has. I want to understand better the structure of solids compared to gases/liquids in a hypothetical vaccuum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nietzscheswoman View Post
    Because I already understand the effect that temperature has. I want to understand better the structure of solids compared to gases/liquids in a hypothetical vaccuum.
    This is the first time you've mentioned a vacuum. Not all materials will stay solid or liquid in a vacuum, hypothetical or real, and the reasons are complicated, with temperature an important variable. If you truly understand the effect of temperature, then you should be able to formulate some educated initial guesses as to the answers. But before then, please restate your question(s) with any other previously unexpressed assumptions/constraints explicitly articulated, otherwise it will be difficult to provide relevant guidance.
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    Then don't try. Leave the thread for someone who understands the question and has an answer.
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