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Why does warmer water evaporate more readily than cold

Conceptual Physics | 12th Edition | ISBN: 9780321909107 | Authors: Paul G. Hewitt ISBN: 9780321909107 29

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Problem 4RQ

Why does warmer water evaporate more readily than cold water?

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Solution 4RQ When the kinetic energy of the water molecule, which is near to the surface of the water, is high enough to overcome the intermolecular force, the water molecule comes out from the liquid water. The process is called the evaporation. Now since the velocity of the water molecule varies from zero to infinity, in any given temperature, some water molecule always have sufficient kinetic energy to overcome the intermolecular force. But, the distribution of the velocity depends on the temperature and as the temperature of the liquid increases, the more number of molecules will have higher velocity. Hence, the warm water has higher number of molecule that has sufficient kinetic energy to escape from the intermolecular force of the water than cold water. That is why the warm water evaporate more than cold water.

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Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Edition: 12
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
ISBN: 9780321909107

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