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Chapter 25 Taking Apart Water

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Bust apart the H2O molecule with a small current.

When we boil water, we bump individual molecules from a liquid to gaseous state. We do that by increasing the energy, in the form of heat, which increases the speed of the molecules. They bounce up out of the liquid, away from each other, and are no longer confined to the pot. Water molecules in the gaseous state are still affected by gravity, drawn to the earth like the rest of the gas molecules in the atmosphere, but now they have enough energy to bounce off each other and whatever surfaces they come upon, flying freely above the solids and liquids below. ...

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