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Help with boiling homework

  1. Nov 9, 2004 #1
    hi! I wanted to know the answer for this question: Where is the energy going when the water is boiling? We are talking about thermal energy in my class. Also, If I would place a beaker of water on a hot plate in order for it to get hot and change temperature, Would the hot plate transfer energy to the water at a steady rate?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 9, 2004 #2
    When the water is boiling, the energy travles from the fire to the boiler, the boiler to the water, this causes the water to "boil" which means that it is undergoing a phase change (water to gas). The energy is used for evaporation (Heat of Vaporization). Some of the energy form the water is transfered to the air.

    Yeah, but the word "steady" is a little sketchy to me.
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