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

On a clear, cold night, why does frost tend to form on the tops, rather than the sides, of mailboxes and cars?

To determine

Why does frost tend to form on the tops, rather than the sides, of mailboxes and cars.

Explanation

The temperature of the surface determines the formation of the frost. Frost form on the cold surface and it does not form on the hot surface.

Ground absorbs heat from the sun all day. During night the temperature near the ground is greater than at the temperature at higher altitudes. So, top of the mail boxes and cars are cooler than the side and bottom surfaces...

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