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In violation of Thermodynamics (Posted on 2003-05-11) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Many have heard the "old wives tale" stating that if you put hot water into a freezer, it freezes in less time than it would have if it had been cold to start. Never did I believe such a claim, as it runs contrary to one of the basic laws of nature.

While surfing one day on sites illustrating "bad science" I actually found a plausible real life reason why this in fact can be true (read:not always true, but possible). Running this experiment under controlled conditions [eg. measure the same volumes of hot and cold water, make sure containers are equal in any relevant aspect (shape, material, conductance properties, covered or not etc.), and that the freezer is properly set to achieve a uniform temperature throughout], can you come up with a reasonable set of conditions for which the water in the hot container would freeze before the water in the cold container?

See The Solution Submitted by Cory Taylor    
Rating: 3.1667 (6 votes)

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  Subject Author Date
No SubjectWilliam Batten2007-11-12 23:19:39
Motionbob9092004-10-06 05:14:15
No Subjectcookie2004-07-31 14:31:11
Solutioni wannabe a student!!!!!!vije2004-07-03 05:15:37
Some Thoughtsone ideaLarry2004-03-09 17:16:39
explanation of why original theory came aboutsean2003-12-17 15:44:26
One explanation of the origin of the wive's taleAndy2003-11-19 17:01:41
Problem must specify:luke2003-09-13 21:53:24
Some ThoughtsReal situation (I think)Dacre2003-08-29 11:35:17
literary solutionbanerd2003-08-01 16:29:29
Doubt this is the expected solution, but it worksJack Putz2003-07-15 04:00:02
Changing DensityStewie2003-05-13 23:26:41
ThoughtsRyan2003-05-11 21:26:41
Some Thoughtsthinks and thunksDJ2003-05-11 13:45:38
Hints/TipsJust an ideaAlan2003-05-11 10:28:11
Some Thoughtsre(2): thoughts and considerationsfriedlinguini2003-05-11 08:52:20
re: thoughts and considerationsGamer2003-05-11 07:29:24
Some Thoughtsthoughts and considerationsCharlie2003-05-11 05:27:04
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