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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Some thermometers are made of a mercury column in a glass tube. Based on the operation of these common thermometers, which has the larger coefficient of linear expansion, glass or mercury? (Don’t answer this question by looking in a table.)

To determine
The material with larger co-efficient of expansion among mercury and glass.

Explanation

When temperature of a solid increases, the atoms vibrate about their mean positions. In case of liquids, the bonds are less tight.

As the temperature of the glass increases, the atoms vibrate about their position. Hence, the change in size is relatively small. The same is the case for mercury...

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