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Liquefying butane in a freezer

If I were to put a can of liquid butane which is under pressure (eg. Lighter refill) in a freezer to get it below its boiling point of $-1^\circ C$, If it were released in an also frozen container ...
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Behaviour of water at exactly 0°C

If I had a beaker of water (i.e. many molecules), at exactly $0^{\circ}C$ and at atmospheric pressure, what phase would be encountered? And would the answer to this also apply to other substances at ...
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How can a phase be thermodynamically stable at room temperature if it only appears at high temperature?

How can a phase that appears at high temperature be thermodynamically stable at room temperature? For example, $\alpha$-alumina is a phase that is formed at temperatures above $1000^\circ C$. How is ...
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Eutectic Phase Diagram and Lever Rule

Question: A solution having composition $p$ (left side of graph) is cooled to just above the eutectic temperature (point $s$ is at $ .18 \; x_{Si} $ and the corresponding tie line intersects the ...
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Hygroscopic behaviour of DMSO - how bad is it?

For a fluid flow experiment I am using DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide), because of its low volatility, reasonably high surface tension, low viscosity and relative safety. In the MSDS of DMSO I find that the ...
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Phase transition from gas to solid

Link to question paper The question says: The phase transition from gas to solid is called (A) condensation. (B) evaporation. (C) polymerization. (D) sublimation I am pretty sure the ...
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How does the activity of Sn chemical potential vary as a function of composition at 900 C?

This is referring to the Cu-Sn phase diagram in which composition varies along a horizontal line at a certain temperature. I understand that as you move along that line different intermetallic or ...
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Phase stability of alcohols

Tert-butyl alcohol seems unusual among alcohols in that its melting point is high (25°C) while its boiling point is also still low (82°C). I am looking for more materials with phase-unstable liquid ...
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Why does water evaporate at room temperature?

When water temperature reaches $100^\circ C$, the molecules get so excited that the hydrogen atoms lose the bonds to the oxygen atom and therefore the water starts to become gas. I get that, but at ...
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Caffeine boiling and melting points

According to both caffeine's pubchem page and chemspider page its boiling point lies at 173°C and its melting point at ~235°C. How can it melt at that temperature if it already sublimated at 173°C? Or ...
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Phase diagram analysis

The figure is a portion of the titanium copper phase diagram for which only single-phase regions are labeled. Specify all temperature composition points at which eutectics, eutectoids, peritectics and ...
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Can these changes be reversed by changing temperature?

An egg turning hard when boiled. A spoon full of batter cooking on a hot griddle. I said that they both cannot be reversed, because I think if you throw both the egg and batter into the freezer, ...
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Why is water evaporation not more commonly used to cool buildings [closed]

Water has a very high heat of vaporization (2260 kJ per kg). Why not just gradually sprinkle water on your roof to keep the building cool in opposed to using air conditioners? It wouldn't take much ...
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Which elements have no liquid form at atmospheric pressure?

Carbon has no liquid form at atmospheric pressure. Is this unique amongst naturally occurring elements? The more interesting and vague question is, is this property somehow important or related to ...
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What non-toxic non-water substances have a freezing point very close to water's?

I was linked to a Kickstarter for a cooling ball to be placed in drinks which claims with constant marketing hyperbole how much it relies on "Phase Change" ! which is a neat concept and seems not ...
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Why do molecules have to first transform to gas before doing a reaction?

I have to calculate the enthalpy of the reaction $$\ce{Cs(l) + 1/2I2(s) -> CsI(s)}$$ and the answer is $$\Delta H_f = \Delta H_{vap}^{\ce{Cs}} + \frac{1}{2}\Delta H_{subl}^{\ce{I2}} + ...
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Why is the carbon dioxide we exhale transparent?

Why is carbon dioxide that comes from dry ice opaque and smoky while the carbon dioxide that we exhale transparent?
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How can melting point equal freezing point?

I don't understand how melting point = freezing point. For example, if liquid water freezes at 0*C how can ice also melt at 0*C?
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Why does heat solidify cake batter?

Increased vibration causes the atoms in an object to spread out farther away. Thus, with added heat, and object goes form a solid to a liquid to a gas (and then to plasma, with enough heat). Why is it ...
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What determines a substance's energy of activation with air?

Ice will melt when heat is applied; paper will catch fire. In trying to figure out why — what the difference is between things that melt and things that catch — I found "Burn, Char, Melt" by Roberto ...
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Why does water become less dense when it cools

Most materials become more dense as they cool, but ice floats in water, meaning that it's less dense. Why is this?
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What defines matter's phase at room temperature?

So, a simple question: what makes neon a gas; what makes water liquid; what makes plutonium-238 a solid at room temperature? Of course, the phase is determined by the excitation of the molecules, but ...
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Lennard Jones liquid vapor phase transition

I am trying to generate a phase diagram of pressure versus temperature in a NPT ensemble using molecular dynamics method. I am using the Lennard Jones potential with 108 particles and Berendsen ...
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Does sublimation happen only on the surface or throughout the body?

Like evaporation happens only on the surface of a liquid, and boiling/vapourisation takes place throughout the body, how does sublimation occur? Why?
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Phase diagram for first 10 elements

I've been looking on the net for a reference which shows a phase diagram for elements at least from $\ce{H}$ up to $\ce{Ne}$. Specifically, I'm looking which of these elements can be solid or liquid ...
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What is the difference between melting and dissolving?

What is the difference between melting and dissolving? I am looking some general features. The answer should be adaptable to the melting/dissolving of ice cube (water) in a class of pure alcohol ...