Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 9 - Liquids, Solids, and Materials - Questions for Review and Thought - Applying Concepts - Page 421e: 107


The energy difference.

Work Step by Step

We know that as water transitions from the liquid stage to the vapor stage through boiling, the water must gain energy to break intermolecular forces. Thus, 100 degree water vapor has far more energy than 100 degree liquid water, even though the temperature is the same. Consequently, the vapor has a greater potential to burn you.
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