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WOW thats a great question.. where did you pull that one from???
What will happen is this : as part of the water starts to freeze, the volume will increase, but because there is no room for expanding the pressure will rise. This will lower the freezing point, preventing the water from freezing farther.How much that pressure will rise will depend on the elasticity modulus of the material your container is made off.
Quote from: Karen W. on 05/10/2007 16:53:55WOW thats a great question.. where did you pull that one from???My boy asked me it !....kids are a great source !!.....just mash em up...add some cream and chives and you have a great kid sauce !!
Hullo,If I could put water in a container strong enough to withold the pressure, could the water still freeze being unable to expand ?...or is that impossible and nothing can contain it ?
The water could still freeze, you would just need to cool it more (but not much). The freezing point of water depends on the ambient pressure. So, as the water starts to freeze, the pressure would increase (since the volume can't increase). At higher pressure, the freezing point of water decreases, but not by much. The line in the pressure vs. temperature phase diagram of water is almost vertical, but with a slight leftward slope.
What if your container was the center of a black hole.