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Steam vs liquid

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:01 pm
by Jessica Esparza 2H
I got a little confused on Professors explanation of why steam causes a worse burn than boiling water, can anyone explain?

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:05 pm
by Jack Riley 4f
Steam has more heat energy due to the fact that that energy was inputted in order to vaporize the H2O.

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:06 pm
by KeyaV1C
When water goes from gas to liquid it undergoes a phase change which requires a lot more energy than just a temperature change. When steam hits your skin, a lot of energy will be released as it condenses. This energy causes a much worse burn than if the same amount of boiling water were to hit your skin.

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:56 pm
by Sydney Myers 4I
Water can only hold so much energy until it is converted to steam, but once it has been converted, it has the capability to hold much more energy, making the burn worse.

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:09 pm
by Uisa_Manumaleuna_3E
It helps for me to understand why steam burns more than liquid water if I remember the graph he showed us in class. I think everyone else did a fantastic job already of explaining it, but when dealing with the phase changes, at least for me, it helped seeing the comparison of energy change water underwent from vapor to liquid compared to that of liquid alone. If you can see how (for water) there is more energy required for this phase change, it makes sense why the burn is more severe.

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:02 pm
by 305385703
Although steam and water may both be at 100 degrees C, the steam will give you more of a burn. Both steam and water will want to reach an equilibrium with whatever is being burned, eventually reaching 25 degrees. However, the energy given off by steam on its way to this temperature is much greater than that of water. This is because steam has much more energy per molecule than water.

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:27 pm
by Leonardo Le Merle 1D
It should be added that when steam condenses on skin it adds to the amount of energy; it’s the joules from the phase change that releases so much energy.

Re: Steam vs liquid

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:48 pm
by Elizabeth Harty 1A
Water has a very high vapor energy.