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Offline petrovitch

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Why can cold water suddenly freeze?
« on: 02/09/2008 17:47:30 »
Kenn E. Thompson asked the Naked Scientists:

I freeze bottled water daily.  Frequently, several bottles remain in a liquid state, but snap freeze once I touch them.  How can water remain in a liquid state at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit?  By the way, this is really cool to witness.  The bottles freeze from top to bottom in about two seconds, layer by layer.

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lyner

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Why can cold water suddenly freeze?
« Reply #1 on: 04/09/2008 09:27:43 »
Have a look at this thread:
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=16516.0
I think it deals with your question.
 

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Why can cold water suddenly freeze?
« Reply #2 on: 04/09/2008 19:48:20 »
What I don't catch is the fact petrovitch is the same who asked the question in the other thread.
 

lyner

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Why can cold water suddenly freeze?
« Reply #3 on: 04/09/2008 22:54:20 »
We obviously didn't come up with a satisfactory answer last time.
Well spotted!
 

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Why can cold water suddenly freeze?
« Reply #4 on: 05/09/2008 00:44:28 »
Perhaps this question was sent in to the show and due to a possible delay in the "system" generating the question on the forum, the poster decided to register and ask the question here himself.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 05/09/2008 10:24:29 »
Perhaps this question was sent in to the show and due to a possible delay in the "system" generating the question on the forum, the poster decided to register and ask the question here himself.
Ah, ok, that's more clear now.
 

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