Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 17 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 25

Answer

When the wire applies sufficient pressure to the open structure of ice, it crushes the ice to the liquid phase, i.e., it melts the ice. After the wire passes through the liquid, the water water above it refreezes now that it is no longer under pressure. Thus, the block doesn’t separate into two pieces.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 328, and Figure 17.16.
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