TITLE

Frustration

PUB. DATE
August 2005
SOURCE
New Scientist;8/20/2005, Vol. 187 Issue 2513, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on the structure of water. The structure of water is such that when it freezes, its hydrogen atoms find it impossible to settle on one particular configuration, until at absolute zero. The third law of thermodynamics stipulates that at absolute zero, any system must form a perfectly ordered structure. As the temperature drops, the atoms should stop jittering about and settle into a neat pattern. But inside the structure of ice, hydrogen atoms move randomly about a lattice of oxygen atoms, with two hydrogen atoms for every oxygen.
ACCESSION #
9107292775

 

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