Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by reef_guru, Dec 12, 2008.
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which is more of a solid water or ice?
Is this a trick question?
im going to go out on a limb and say...ice.
Ice, since it is the solid form of water...
I also want to ask if it's a trick question however I'm not sure how it can be if you've ever had a chemistry class...?
Water because when water freezes, the molecules actually are further away from each other than they were in the water state. This is why ice floats on water, because ice is less dense than water, even though it is a "solid".
lets not start talking about the physics of water. Water is ice, ice is water, just in a different state. It is one of the most unusual substances known. It is less dense as a solid, unlike almost all of there compounds out there. So that may make liquid water more like a solid than ice. It is liquid at room temperature and can sublime. Still kinda confused as to why you are asking this question.
The reason is Hydrogen bonding
Water is more dense than ice, which is why ice is lighter, and floats. Technically ice is a solid, but water is more dense.
The hydrogen bonds that are formed when water freezes, lock water molecules together in a crystalline pattern. When ice melts, the bonds break, the ice structure collapses, and the molecules move closer together, making the water more dense / solid than ice.
Another common fact that people get mixed up is metal sinking in water as well.
Or why certain woods sink while others float.
So what have we learned today?
-Those video game days along with Chemistry class/Discovery Channel enabled me to answer correctly first. What do I win ?
-Water is one of the most abundant, and amazing molecules/substances on the planet.
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