Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 17 - Think and Explain - Page 334-335: 74


Your instructor pumped a lot of air out of the (very thick-walled) flask before handing it over. A partial vacuum can drop the boiling point for water to well below $100^{\circ}C$. The instructor pumped just enough air out so that the water was just short of boiling (i.e., the boiling point was just a hair above room temperature). The heat from your hand is sufficient to boil the water under this reduced pressure.

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This is discussed on page 327 (refer to Figure 17.14).
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