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Q & A: How evaporation cools liquids

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Most recent answer: 04/10/2013
Q:
Why exactly does evaporation cool water? I'm having to research it for my air condition project and I'm finding all these answers but I'm not a physicist and dot understand all the long answers given. Simply for someone without much brain power at all (such as myself) how does it cool water in a quick fire sentence if possible. Many Thanks Ash :)
- Ashley (age 24)
Lincoln
A:

Here's the two-sentence answer.

Water molecules stick to each other, so it takes energy to pull one out of the liquid. Losing that energy cools down what's left.

Mike W.

 

Here's some slightly longer answers. 


(published on 04/10/2013)

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