Why are gases so easily compressible whereas it is almost impossible to compress a solid or a liquid?
Gases are easily compressible as they have large inter-molecular spaces. The gas particles can come closer to each other when external pressure is applied on gases. On the other hand, it is almost impossible to compress a liquid because the intermolecular spaces in liquids are small. The particles in a solid are very close to each other. So, they cannot be compressed by applying external pressure.