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ERIC Number: EJ980893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Evaporation, Boiling and Bubbles
Goodwin, Alan
School Science Review, v93 n344 p90-98 Mar 2012
Evaporation and boiling are both terms applied to the change of a liquid to the vapour/gaseous state. This article argues that it is the formation of bubbles of vapour within the liquid that most clearly differentiates boiling from evaporation although only a minority of chemistry textbooks seems to mention bubble formation in this context. The importance of bubble formation is used to explore a much deeper, albeit a largely qualitative, explanatory basis of a number of interrelated phenomena. These include the fixed boiling point of liquids at a constant external pressure, the effect of pressure changes and of dissolved substances on boiling point, and nucleation, superheating and bump-boiling. (Contains 1 table, 2 boxes, 1 note, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A