Experiment: to show that solids change shape when they melt

////Experiment: to show that solids change shape when they melt

Experiment: to show that solids change shape when they melt

Melting wax takes up the shape of the container. Image credit about.com

Melting wax takes up the shape of the container. Image credit about.com

ZIMSEC O Level Combined Science Notes: An  experiment to show that solids change shape when they melt

Materials: tin lid/evapouration dish, burner, burner stand, candle wax

Method

  1. place a lump of candle wax on a tin lid/evaporation dish on the burner stand
  2. heat the candle wax until it melts
  3. Allow the candle wax to cool

Observations and results

  • when the experiment begins the wax as an irregular shape
  • as it turns into a liquid during the heating process it assumes the shape of the evaporation dish
  • when it cools it retains the shape of the dish

Conclusion

  • liquids take up more volume that¬†solids
  • liquids take up the shape of their container
  • solids take up less volume than liquids
  • solids have a fixed shape and they retain their shape

To access more topics go to the Combined Science Notes page.

By |2017-01-17T11:14:59+00:00March 2nd, 2016|Notes, O Level Science Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|1 Comment

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