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Boiling Temperature of Water

Experiment #3 from Exploring Physical Science

Education Level
Middle School


The physical properties of a pure substance can be used to identify the substance and distinguish it from other pure substances. Boiling temperature is one such physical property. This is the temperature at which a substance changes rapidly from its liquid state into a gas. Rapid formation of bubbles is evidence that the liquid is at its boiling temperature. In this experiment, you will study the boiling of water.


  • Observe the boiling of water.
  • Measure temperature.
  • Analyze data.
  • Use your data and graph to make conclusions about boiling.
  • Determine the boiling temperature of water.
  • Apply the concepts studied in a new situation.

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