Rajesh Kumar Madhukar Bendale , asked a question
Subject: Science , asked on 22/9/12

why is evaporation called a surface phenomena

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Kirti Gogia , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 25/9/12

Surface phenomenon is the phenomenon where only surface of any substance or object is involved in the process. On the other hand, bulk phenomenon refers to the phenomenon where whole of the substance or object is involved in the process and is affected in bulk completely. In evaporation, only the molecules of the liquid present on the surface of the liquid leave the liquid state and change into vapour state. It does not affect the molecules present in the bulk of the liquid. Thus, evaporation is a surface phenomena. If the surface area is increased, the rate of evaporation increases. For example, while putting clothes for drying up we spread them out. 

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Smrithy Balakrishnan , added an answer, on 23/9/12
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Evaporation is known as surface phenomena because molecules of water present on the surface of liquid are bonded weakly as compared to inner molecules and when temperature increases hydrogen bonding between water molecules breaks.Due to this water molecules tend to evaporate.so that's why it is called as surface phenomena.

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