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12.6: Phase Changes Involving Solids

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    So far we have covered 4 phase transitions involving solids.

    Sublimation (solid --> gas)
    Deposition (gas--> solid)

    Fusion (solid --> liquid)
    Freezing (liquid --> solid)


    Sublimation of Iodine

    This Youtube shows Iodine subliming at room temperature (an endothermic process absorbing energy), and then they place a cold surface above it, and demonstrate deposition as the vapor converts directly to a solid (an exothermic process).

    Carbon dioxide (dry ice) is another common substance that sublimes, and liquid carbon dioxide can not exist at atmospheric pressure. To better understand phase transitions you should read the next section on phase diagrams.

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