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Asked by anjananair | 23rd Apr, 2008, 11:44: AM

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The triple point of any substance is that temperature and pressure at which the material can coexist in all three phases (solid, liquid and gas) in equilibrium. Specifically the triple point of water is 273.16 K at 611.7 Pa i.e The single combination of pressure and temperature at which water, ice, and water vapour can coexist in a stable equilibrium occurs at exactly 273.16 K and a partial vapour pressure of 611.7 pascals.At that point, it is possible to change all of the substance to ice, water, or vapor by making arbitrarily small changes in pressure and temperature.

Answered by  | 14th Jun, 2008, 03:47: AM

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