Excerpt from Lecture Notes, on General Chemistry: Non-Metals
I. Matter. All the objects by which we are surrounded, possess the common property of wag/1t, By this we mean. That they are attracted toward the earth by the force which we call gravitation. Weight is common not on... ly to all solid substances, such as stone, and all liquids, such as water, but also to all gases, such as air. We use the word matter to designate all such bodies. Matter, there fore, is anything which possesses weight, and exists in three forms, the solid, the liquid, and the gase ous.
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