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Shannon Asay 1C
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Postby Shannon Asay 1C » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:28 pm

Could someone reiterate why steam causes more severe burns? How does the energy relate to this?

Alexis Webb 2B
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Re: Steam

Postby Alexis Webb 2B » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:58 pm

More energy is required to turn water into steam, so when it comes into contact with skin, it transfers a greater amount of heat energy.

Asha Agarwal 1E
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Re: Steam

Postby Asha Agarwal 1E » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:01 pm

Even though the temperature of the system doesn't increase in the vaporizing transition state, heat is still increasing as energy is applied to the system. So, when the steam comes in contact with your skin and condenses, all of the energy stored in the bonds gets transferred to your skin and the water is still at 100˚. So, the steam is transferring more heat for a longer period of time, leading to more severe burns.

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Re: Steam

Postby Zaynab Hashm 2I » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:51 pm

steam has "stored" energy in its molecules as they move freely;
when steam condenses upon contact with skin, it release said energy because of the difference in temperatures

simply put, steam can cause severe burns due to its high heat energy

Catherine Daye 1L
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Re: Steam

Postby Catherine Daye 1L » Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:37 pm

Steam causes more severe burns because it has more heat energy since there is a phase change from liquid to gas.

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Re: Steam

Postby Rosa Munoz 2E » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:22 pm

During a phase change, temperature does not increase. The energy goes into breaking bonds.

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