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

If you quickly plunge a room-temperature mercury thermometer into very hot water, the mercury level will (a) go up briefly before reaching a final reading, (b) go down briefly before reaching a final reading, or (c) not change.

To determine
The reading on the mercury thermometer.

Explanation

Initially, the mercury thermometer reads room temperature. When it has contact with hot water, there occur a temperature difference between them. The glass expands as a result of heat. This causes the mercury to drop.

Conclusion:

After a slight drop, mercury tends to reach the temperature of hot water because its co-efficient of expansion is greater than that of glass...

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