Science Scope—Fall 2023
(Volume 46, Issue 7)
By Christine G. Schnittka and Mark Brenneman
Sublimation, the change of state from solid to gas, is a challenging concept for many students to grasp and a curious phenomenon to investigate. Our everyday experiences teach us about melting, freezing, and evaporation, but it is rare to witness sublimation. Sublimation occurs in the water cycle, in mothballs, and when using sublimation dyes for printing. Teaching about sublimation is important because it is a phase change that gets little attention because it is commonly misunderstood.