A watched pot never boils…

So, I have proven to myself time and time again that watching a pot does not really affect whether or not it boils. I hope that you are convinced of that, too.

If not, then let this video serve as proof that we can even video tape a pot and it will boil again and again!

If we explore this video more deeply, it reveals the possibility of us asking all sorts of questions aside from whether or not the water will indeed boil. For example, is the rate of temperature increase constant or variable? What would the graph of the temperature change look like? Can we use the first minute’s data to accurately predict what will happen in minute two? three? 10? When will the water boil? What will happen to the temperature then?

How do you think the answers to the above questions will change if we were to double the amount of water in the pot?

Can you think of any other questions? Post them in the comments.

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One thought on “A watched pot never boils…”

1. C.Wright

“For example, is the rate of temperature increase constant or variable? What would the graph of the temperature change look like? Can we use the first minute’s data to accurately predict what will happen in minute two? three? 10? When will the water boil? What will happen to the temperature then?”

Considering the quoted questions above, additional variables to consider may be: a persons geographical location (longitude/latitude/elevation) when boiling the water or the pots exterior temperature (boiling water indoors, say in a 70º F controlled environment verses outdoors around 45º F). What if a tablespoon of salt is added to the water?