Correct Answer: Opening a Champagne Bottle

Correct Answer: Opening a Champagne Bottle

Author: ChemViews Magazine

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The white fog or smoke that appears as a champagne bottle is opened is condensed water from the atmosphere. It results from the pressure/volume work associated with the change in pressure between the sealed bottle (approx. 5 atm) and the open bottle. The associated cooling is sufficient to condense or even freeze water from the surroundings.


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