Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 14 - Heat - Questions: 7


Steam at $100^{\circ}C$ has higher thermal energy than water at $100^{\circ}C$.

Work Step by Step

When steam contacts the cooler skin and condenses, it releases a large amount of energy before turning into water at $100^{\circ}C$. It boils down to the fact that steam at $100^{\circ}C$ has more thermal energy than water at the same temperature, because of water’s large latent heat of vaporization.
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