How can phase diagrams be used?

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Phase diagrams can be used to determine the conditions under which substances will undergo a change of state (change of phase).

For example, a phase diagram for water will tell you which state water will be in at a given temperature and pressure. You could also use the phase diagram to determine the conditions which would lead to different phase change processes (melting, boiling, sublimation, deposition etc.)

Here is a video which discusses phase diagrams (start at 3:00, first portion of video discusses the heating curve of water).

Hope this helps...
Noel P.