Melting Ice Simulation by Roy Tasker and the VisChem Project

Melting ice is illustrated using a particulate level of matter computer animation.  This is an excellent, high quality, accurate animation.

  • A particulate level representation of water molecules in a lattice structure shows the dynamic process as ice is heated, the motion (vibrations) of the water molecules increases.
  • Eventually, the motion overcomes the intermolecular forces of attraction between molecules, and the solid structure of ice melts and becomes a liquid.​
  • After melting, the water molecules are closer together than they were as ice.
  • As a liquid, the molecules are more randomly arranged and the molecules are able to slide past each other.
  • This video appears courtesy of Roy Tasker© Roy Tasker, VisChem Project.



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