Why is a steam burn more damaging than a burn from boiling water of the same temperature?
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Solution 7RQ When we get burned by a hot object, the injury occurs because of the heat from the hot object transfer to our body very rapidly. The more heat is transferred, the more we will be injured. In the case of boiling water, the heat transferred from the boiling water to our body by reducing the temperature of the water. But in the case of the steam, first, it will transfer the latent heat of condensation and become boiling water. After it became boiling water, it will then transfer the same amount of heat as stated in the above case. Also, the latent heat of vaporisation of water is very high and hence during the condensation, it will transfer a huge amount of heat. Hence the barn injury will be worst in the case of steam.
Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
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