Chemistry (12th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0132525763
ISBN 13: 978-0-13252-576-3

Chapter 14 - The Behavior of Gases - 14 Assessment: 76

Answer

Boiling water fills the can with steam. When the can is plunged upside down into into the ice water, the steam is trapped in the can and quickly condenses, reducing gas pressure inside the can. The walls of the can are not strong enough to resist the comparatively high atmospheric pressure, which crushes the can.

Work Step by Step

Boiling water fills the can with steam. When the can is plunged upside down into into the ice water, the steam is trapped in the can and quickly condenses, reducing gas pressure inside the can. The walls of the can are not strong enough to resist the comparatively high atmospheric pressure, which crushes the can.
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