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If you're a particle in steam what happens to you as the steam is cooled and changes to water and then to ice?


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June 09, 2009 5:51AM

If you're in steam that cools to water and ice, you'll progressively lose molecular kinetic energy. This loss of energy is tied to your decreasing thermal energy. From the "freedom" to move about in a gas (steam), you'll find yourself being bumped around in a liquid (water) when the steam cools sufficiently to changed phase to condense. More cooling and you'll be locked in a matrix or water molecules, which have changed state from a liquid to become a solid.