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About Condensation

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Condensation happens when a product which is in gas form is transformed to liquid form. This happens due to change in temperature and the pressure around the object or substance.

Here is how condensation happens in nature;

Condensation is the opposite of evaporation. In evaporation, one example is when water boils, it turns into gas. Leave the kettle on for too long and all the water will evaporate into the air. Condensation is when water in the air is cooled and is seen in liquid form.

An example of this is when you notice a mirror fogging up after taking a hot or warm shower. When you wipe the mirror with a dry hand, you notice that your palm is wet. This happened when water from your hot shower cooled when it landed on the surface of the cold mirror. The water droplets condensed and turned to liquid form and this is seen as fog or mist on the mirror.

How condensation happens

Water condenses at 212 degree Fahrenheit or at 100 degrees Celsius. This turns water vapor to a liquid form. The inverse happens when you heat water above 100 degrees Celsius, it turns to gas form.

When condensation happens at a temperature between 32 Fahrenheit, or at 0 Celsius, it is noticeable especially when there is a huge difference between the object and the atmosphere. For example, you can see condensation happen on sides of a cold bottle of cola on a hot day in form of droplets on the side of the bottle.

Condensation always happens, even if we don’t see the visible results of it, it just happens at a slower and smaller rate.

Conclusion

Condensation is a naturally occurring process which happens at every moment during both hot and cold weather in nature. It is more noticeable when the weather is warm when there is a contrast between a cool surface and warm temperature surrounding it. It can be seen be seen in form of droplets of water.