# You have two same pots of water. The water in the first pot is at 40°F. The water in the second pot is at 40°C. If we turn on the both pots simultaneously which one will boil faster and why?

Dec 10, 2015

#### Answer:

Is this question really being asked at A level? If it is, it should not be. Clearly, the pot of water at ${40}^{\circ}$$C$ will reach the boiling point quicker.

#### Explanation:

I am old enough to remember the Fahrenheit scale. For some reason the freezing point of water was set at ${32}^{\circ}$$F$. Its boiling point was set at ${212}^{\circ}$$F$ (boiling points and freezing points were ${180}^{\circ}$ apart; why this should be important is beyond me!). Clearly the pot at ${40}^{\circ}$ $F$ is fairly close to the freezing point of water, whereas the one at ${40}^{\circ}$ $C$ is almost 1/2 way to the boiling point of water (you could wash in this one; you'd complain bitterly if you splashed in the other one).

Of course the States still uses the Fahrenheit scale, and I realize that conversions between the Fahrenheit scale and Celsius scales are important. In the laboratory, however, the use of feet, inches, pounds, degrees Fahrenheit would be very rare.