Vapor Pressure. Number of Molecules. cool liquid. Temperature (speed). boiling point. Kinetic-Molecular Model. Thermometers only measure average speed. In any sample of a liquid there will be some faster, hotter molecules and some slower, colder ones.
Thermometers only measure average speed. In any sample of a liquid there will be some faster, hotter molecules and some slower, colder ones.
The average temperature of molecules in this liquid is well below the boiling point. The small fraction of molecules with a speed above that of the b.p. will evaporate.
Most of the water molecules are down here, bound together as a liquid. They are shown as blue circles.
A few water molecules are up here, as water vapor. They are mixed in with the rest of the gases in the air, shown as white circles. THE PRESSURE THESE EVAPORATED MOLECULES CONTRIBUTE TO THE AIR PRESSURE IN THE BOTTLE IS CALLED “VAPOR PRESSURE”.
Individual molecules “pop” back and forth between states as they collide and gain or lose KE. But if the temperature is constant the total numbers of each remain constant.
In an open jar balance is harder to reach.
Water molecules which evaporate can leave the jar, allowing more water molecules to evaporate.
In most situations, eventually the jar will lose all its water and contain only gases.
Number of Molecules
boiling pointKinetic-Molecular Model
When the average speed of the molecules equals the boiling point, the whole liquid boils.
Evaporation can occur at any temperature, but boiling only occurs when the KE of the average liquid molecule is enough to let it change into the gas state.