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What is phase transition?

by loom91
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Oct11-06, 12:15 AM
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I was wondering, what actually are phase transitions such as fusion or evaporation? I know thermodynamic definitions such as points where the Gibbs energy is non-analytic or heat capacity changes abruptly, but these say nothing about mechanism. Why does a substance suddenly change its characteristics radically? Thanks.

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