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Exactly what would happen if a beaker of water was heated from the side as opposed to

  1. Jun 26, 2012 #1
    the bottom. Would it still obey the laws of convection, how would it?
     
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  3. Jun 26, 2012 #2

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    Re: Exactly what would happen if a beaker of water was heated from the side as oppose

    The law of convection being ... what, that the hot stuff rises? Then, sure, that will always continue to apply. :smile:

    This does sound like a good homework question, ybhathena, so maybe I shouldn't say too much. It might be for you to think through.

    On a practical level, in the lab have you tried heating a test-tube containing liquid (e.g., water) from the side? (Over a Bunsen flame, of course.)

    What lesson did you learn from that? Can you explain it?
     
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