IR video: Chemistry on a piece of paper

January 12th, 2012 by Charles Xie
This is a video recorded using an IR camera (FLIR E30bx) about what happens when you put a piece of paper on top of a cup of tap water. The tap water has been put in the room for a long time. The water in the cup appears to be blue under an IR camera because of evaporate cooling--water molecules constantly evaporate and take away thermal energy. The evaporated water molecules condense onto the underside of the paper and release heat. The heat conducts through the thin paper and shows up on the upper side. The heating effect fades because the condensation and evaporation of the thin water lay is reaching equilibrium, resulting in less and less heat release.

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