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Does An Ice Cube Melt Faster In Water Or Air?

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It melts faster in water.heat moves through water 20 times faster then through air, causing the ice cube to melt faster. Also water absorbs heat better. P.S. I am an 11 yr. Old posting this from a science project I did.
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If the air and the water start at the same temperature, if there is lots of both, and if there is no wind, then the water will melt the ice cube faster, because water will cool slower as the ice cube melts. Water has a much higher "specific heat" than air.
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The answer is that ice melts faster in water than in air at the same temperature. Why: Ice melting in air depends on the heat capacity in air as opposed to the Cp in water. The transfer of heat is better in water a more condensed phase than air; water has a more intimate contact with the ice,  that is its surrounded by water; in air you have heat transfer from the air which is much less efficient, it does not have the contact with ice that water would.  The reverse would be which would keep fluids cold more quickly and for a longer period of time. The experiment would be to compare how fast you can chill, or cool down a liquid in a cooler, one with just ice and the other with ice + water. It would be the later because of the chilled waters are in more contact with what you have put in the cooler. Without water you only have various points in the cooler were the ice will make contact with the container of liquid you want cold. With water added it would accelerate the heat transfer process.
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Water because the ambient layer of air or water around it is changed rapidly.styrofoam cups & coolers are designed to slow this down.if you take ice that has a fan blowing on it,it will melt faster because the air removes this layer surrounding it & replaces it with a warmer layer.
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In water
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It melt in water faster
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I think water because, as the water flows down and off the ice cube, it is carrying some of that absorbed heat away from the ice.
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You have to have more information is the water room temperature or what temperature and is the air a certain temperature and over what time limit are you checking to see how fast the ice melts...is the air temperature  above or below freezing...is the air moving

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