I recently stumbled upon the concept of viscoelasticity. Not being a chemist, but being interested in the topic, I started to read the wikipedia article.
The main thing I extracted from it is:
Solids are elastic, fluids are viscous, viscoelastics materials are both viscous and elastic.
I didn't get it, maybe due to my poor background. Is viscoelasticity a state of matter or just a property of materials? In the latter case, can we talk about viscoelastic solid and viscoelastic fluids?
I know the state of matter isn't an element nor compound or material property but it changes as temeprature and pressure change. The strength of the bonds between atoms/molecules and the "value" of their kinetic/vibrational energy is what determines how we see them.
Anyway, I couldn't really fit viscoelastic material in my chemistry mental scheme, so I'm here in search of some clarifications.