It is a well-known fact that
Water kept in a container, on cooling, results in freezing with initially at the circumference of surface (1D), then on the surface (2D) and then throughout the volume (3D).
Why does it happen that way?
I thought that this may be due to their exposure levels.The outer surface is more exposed to cooling than the inner ones and hence cools first.However, I am not satisfied with this explanation.
I think there is some relation between this and degrees of freedom.I feel as there are more degrees of freedom in 3-D, there's more movement you should suppress to lower its energy, so maybe they freeze slower.
Is the above reasoning correct? I would also like to know different ways to reason out this.