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# What happens to the volume of an ice cube as it melts?

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###### 2010-02-11 15:03:11

The volume decreases.

Ice is less dense than water. Put another way, a given weight of water can be stored in a smaller volume than the same weight of ice.

Another possible, but also possibly less helpful, answer is that ice cubes get smaller as they melt because they lose content as the water in them runs off as a liquid.

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The mass should not change but will decreases slightly due to evaporation. The volume will decrease.

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The volume of a beaker doesn't change, it's a beaker. What your were probably trying to ask is what happens to the volume of the ice when it melts. The volume decreases; water is special. Unlike other substances when it freezes it expands. That is why ice floats, it is less dense then water.

The particles start moving, and it melts. After it melts, it can evaporate if it gets to hot. For example: an ice cube

When an ice cube gains energy, it is the same as gaining heat. So if an ice cube is getting warmer, it melts.

Nope, you lose about 9% of volume when ice melts. That's because when you freeze water, it expands. It loses volume if you do it the other way around.

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If you freeze a given quantity of water, the volume increases. When it melts, the volume decreases. The number of molecules remains the same.

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