###### Asked in Snow and Ice

Snow and Ice

# Can you break an ice cube into smaller pieces of ice forever?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### March 26, 2012 11:19PM

yes, you could keep on breaking an ice cube forever, yet it
*would* at one point melt.

## Related Questions

###### Asked in Snow and Ice

### Can you continue forever to break an ice cube into smaller and smaller pieces or ice?

You should try it. But it might take a while to break it down to
one molecule, which is as small as it could be while still being
ice (any smaller and you're breaking the water down into hydrogen
and oxygen, and you'd no longer have ice. If you kept going after
that....well, don't even get me started on quarks and the
like!).

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Geometry

### What is the number of 4 cm cubes which can be cut from the solid cube whose edge is 32 cm?

Edge of the larger cube = 32 cm
Volume of the larger cube = (32 cm)3 = 32768 cm3
Edge of the smaller cube = 4 cm
Volume of the smaller cube = (4 cm)3 = 64 cm3
Since the smaller cubes are cut from the larger cube, volume of
all of them will be equal to that of the larger cube.
∴ Total number of smaller cubes × Volume of the smaller cube =
Volume of the larger cube
⇒ Total number of smaller cubes = Volume of the larger cube ÷
Volume of the smaller cube
⇒ Total number of smaller cubes = 32768 ÷ 64 = 512
Thus, 512 smaller cubes can be cut from the larger one.

###### Asked in Chemistry, Snow and Ice

### Does ice melt faster if it is in smaller pieces?

yes because the larger the piece the easier it is to hold the
cold in than when in smaller pieces the cold isn't as trapped as it
would be if it were larger. Using an ice cube surrounded by
room-temperature air as an example, breaking the ice cube up
exposes more ice surface to the warmer air surrounding it, thus
making it melt faster. You're absolutely right.

###### Asked in Chemistry

### Will a sugar cube still taste sweet if it is broken down into small pieces why?

A sugar cube is sugar if you break it down into finer pieces and
will react with your sense of taste in the same manner (it still
tastes sweet) until you start to break up the molecules (this step
has to be done chemically, not mechanically) . Even then then
sucrose (table sugar) becomes glucose and fructose (simpler sugars)
both of which still taste sweet.

###### Asked in Science, Geometry, Area, Sugar and Sweeteners

### Which has greater surface area a sugar cube or an equal mass of sugar crystals?

Consider this:
If a cube has side length d, then its volume is d3 and its surface
area is 6d2.
If I cut the cube into 8 smaller cubes by bisecting each edge, then
the new side length is d/2, the sum of the volume is 8 * ((d/2)3) =
d3, and the surface area is 8 * (6(d/2)2) = 12d2.
Therefore, even though the volume stayed constant, the sum of the
surface area increased when I cut a larger cube into small cubes.
The increase in surface area will be larger and larger as the cube
is cut into smaller and smaller pieces. Therefore a sugar cube
always has less surface area than an equal mass of sugar
crystals.
Granulated sugar has more surface area than a sugar cube.