Matter In Our Surroundings
The change of liquid into vapor without reaching at its boiling point is called Evaporation.
Evaporation takes place only at the surface of liquid while vaporization takes place on the whole mass of liquid.
Evaporation takes place even at room temperature also. Evaporation speeds up with rise in temperature.
When water or other liquid is left in open, gradually its volume decreases. If you left some water in a pot in open, after two or three days water disappears. If the water left in garden or in a open balcony, it disappears quickly than kept in a room. This happens because of evaporation.
Process of Evaporation
Molecules at the surface of water, when exposed some temperature, their kinetic energy increases. Because of increase in kinetic energy those molecules become able to overcome the force of attraction between the particles of liquid. After getting required kinetic energy and decrease in force of attraction, they escape in the air in the form of vapor. Additionally those kinetic energy get some of the required kinetic energy from their neighboring molecules also because of which the temperature of the adjacent molecules decrease, which finally result in decrease of the temperature of surface of liquid.
Factors affecting the Evaporation
- Surface area
- Humidity in air
- Wind speed
Evaporation increases with increase in temperature and decreases with decrease in temperature. This means rate of evaporation is directly proportional to the temperature.
With increase in temperature the particles of liquid at surface get required kinetic energy to overcome the force of attraction and escape in air quickly. Hence, the increase in temperature increases the rate of evaporation.
Evaporation decreases with increase in pressure and increases with decrease in pressure. This means the rate of evaporation is indirectly proportional to the pressure.
Particles at the surface of liquid require more kinetic energy to escape in air when there is more pressure over it and hence rate of evaporation will decrease. While if there is less pressure over the surface of liquid, the particles would require less kinetic energy to escape in air and hence rate of evaporation will increase. Therefore, increase in pressure slows down the rate of evaporation and decrease in pressure speeds up the rate of evaporation.
Evaporation increases with increase in surface area and decreases with decrease in surface area.
Since evaporation takes place at the surface of liquid only, hence if the more surface of liquid is exposed to atmosphere more particles will receive the required temperature to get the required kinetic energy to escape in air. Therefore, evaporation takes place more rapidly with larger surface area. This means rate of evaporation increases with increase in surface area and decreases with decrease in surface area.
After rain roads are dried up quickly than pot holes. This happens because of increase in surface area of water. On roads water is spread over a large area, because of that large area of water exposed to atmosphere, and evaporation of water takes place quickly resulting in quickly drying of the roads. While in pot holes less water surface is exposed to air because of that less water area could come in contact with air and receives less temperature, resulting in delayed evaporation. That’s why water dried from road quickly than in pot holes.
Wet clothes are spread up over the laundry line to get them dried up quickly. More surface area of water exposes to the air because of spreading of clothes this speeds up the rate of evaporation and clothes are dried up quickly. On the other hand if wet clothes are left even in the sun without spreading, they take more time to get dried because of less surface area exposed to air. That’s why wet clothes are kept spread over laundry line to get dried up quickly.
Water kept in a plate evaporates quickly than water kept in a tumbler (glass). This happens because in plate more surface area of water exposed to atmosphere which receives more heat and evaporates quickly. While in a glass less surface area of water exposed to atmosphere because of that less molecules of water receives heat from the atmosphere and evaporates slowly compare to the water exposed with large surface area.
Hence, rate of evaporation increases with increase in surface area and decreases with decrease the surface area.
Humidity in air and Evaporation
Evaporation decreases with increase in humidity and increases with decrease in humidity present in air. This means rate of evaporation is indirectly proportional to the humidity present in air.
Humidity is the amount of water vapor present in air. In weather reports, which are published in news paper or given on the TVs channels, the humidity percent is given, which shows the percent of water vapor present in air.
Because of more water vapor present in air the water holding capacity of atmosphere decreases which decrease the rate of evaporation. If air is dry then it can holds more water and thus in dry air rate of evaporation increases.
This is the cause that our cloths get dried up quickly in summer and winter than in rainy season. Because in rainy season there is more water vapor present in air, which decrease the water holding capacity of atmosphere resulting in decrease the rate of evaporation and our cloths do not dry up quickly in the rainy season.
Our sweat does not dry up quickly in rainy season. Because of that we feel uneasiness because of damp. This is because of higher percent of humidity present in air decreases the rate of evaporation in rainy season and our sweat does not evaporate quickly and we feel uneasy because of damp.
Wind Speed and Evaporation:
Evaporation increases with the increase in wind speed and decreases with decrease in wind speed. This means rate of evaporation is directly proportional to the speed of wind.
Speedy wind propelled away some of the particles of water with it which speeds up the rate of evaporation. That’s why speedy wind speeds up the rate of evaporation.
We see that wet cloth is dried up quickly in a windy day since the wind speeds up the rate of evaporation.
The wet clothes are given jerks before hanging them on laundry line because by giving jerks some of the water droplets propelled out. This reduces the presence of water in the wet cloths and they dried up quickly.
Evaporation in everyday life:
- Water from the surface of oceans, seas and other large water bodies evaporate continuously as they are exposed to atmosphere. The water vapor because of evaporation rises up in air and cumulates in the form of cloud, which makes the rain. Hence, evaporation is one of the essential parts of water cycle. Thus we can say that evaporation is one of the most natural phenomena for us.
- In summer days sweats come out to regulate the temperature of our body. The sweat evaporates because of increase in surface area and getting the temperature from atmosphere. This is resulting in decrease in temperature of skin and finally our body, which gives relief to us in hot days. Sweating is a natural mechanism to keep cool the surface of our body in hot days. This is the cause that with increase in temperature our body sweats a lot especially in hot summer days.
- Water is kept in earthen pots to keep them cool. Earthen pot has lot of pores. Water kept in earthen pots evaporates from the pores of pots, which cools the neighboring molecules of water. This process continues and whole of the water kept in the earthen pots become cooler. Hence, water is kept in the earthen pot to keep them cool for drinking purpose.
- Wet clothes on the laundry lines are dried up because of evaporation.
- Sea water has lot of salt. Sea water is left in shallow pond. The water evaporates gradually because of heat of sun leaving the salt in the shallow pond. These salts are collected and used for with food after purification.
- Evaporative coolers are widely used in hot summer days. In evaporative coolers, dry air is blow over husk saturated of water. From the surface of husk water is evaporated resulted in cooling of husk. The water particles at the surface of wet husk evaporate and cool the rest portion of wet husk. Air blown from the cool husk is sent in the room, which cools the room.