Does the shape of an icecube affect how quickly it melts.

does the shape of an icecube affect how quickly it melts
missy
Asked Jan 10, 2010
Yes. The rate at which ice melts is directly proportional to its surface area. Now here's where that gets a little complicated... With a smaller surface area, the ice will melt faster, although if it is connected, it will by definition have a smaller surface area, however the individual parts will all melt at the same rate, therefore you treat each part as a separate entity.

Furthermore, the melting rate is also directly proportional to the smallest radius. If you have ice that's in a big ball, and you have ice in a stick that's as long as the diameter of the ball, but is only half as thick, the stick will melt twice as fast, because the smallest radius will be half that of the ice ball.

The fastest melting shape of ice would be one shaped like a koosh ball (http://www.edb.utexas.edu/ATLab/Clipart/devicepics/koosh.jpg). Note how it's comprised of lots of little thin sticks. Each of those would melt fast because of the small radius. The slowest shape would be a ball because of the even radius, so with a ball it depends solely on the size of it.

Any questions?
Oni_Kami
Answered Jan 10, 2010
im with you :)
yes, I would think so, if you have a round ball, that seems like it would take the longest to me, if you have the same amount of ice but in a long skinny rectangle, the air would melt this much faster.
livoniastylist
Answered Jan 10, 2010
im with you :)
no
jacob2010
Answered Sep 08, 2010
No, becuase the shape is different, but it will always weight the some size and just becuase its a different shape it measures up to the same weight meaning it will weight the same size.
antionea
Answered Oct 13, 2010
Hell no
LilMarbaby
Answered Nov 09, 2010
youre incorrect sorry
ohh hell naw
phoenixburch
Answered Nov 15, 2010
you dont now nothing of math
yes, yes it does.
coconut10203
Answered Oct 30, 2011
no it doesnt
taysha Mar 13, 2012
i em with you not like that girl named taysha
no the surface area would have to be bigger and then it would be less thick and the air would go around it faster and melt faster duh
Diva32907
Answered Jan 07, 2012
booooooo
yup
caelan
Answered Jan 30, 2012
no it doesnt man ppl do not know anything here
taysha
Answered Mar 13, 2012
not with you
yes because I am doing a scince fair project can you help me
yuanna
Answered Apr 02, 2012
yes with you

no it doesnt
mukhtar123
Answered Jul 02, 2012
no your wrong
yes because I say im a masteer on science..... jajajajajaja booooooo
kamila21
Answered Mar 01, 2013

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