Why does steam cause severe burns?

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Michelle Song 1G
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Why does steam cause severe burns?

Postby Michelle Song 1G » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:22 pm

Sorry, I realize that Dr. Lavelle has gone over this in class but I didn't really understand his explanation.

Kevin Tang 4L
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Re: Why does steam cause severe burns?

Postby Kevin Tang 4L » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:29 pm

If there is both steam and water both at 100 degrees Celcius, steam will burn more because it has more heat energy. The energy of condensation (phase change from gas to liquid) from the vapor to water is what will cause the more severe burns.

Hope this helps.

Shreya_Bharadwaj_1D
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Re: Why does steam cause severe burns?

Postby Shreya_Bharadwaj_1D » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:59 pm

Thank you! I was wondering the same thing and this explanation really helped!


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