Originally Posted by jragosta
Baloney. Your entire post indicates a lack of knowledge of chemical sciences. Stuff like "What happens to something that melts? Usually, the constituents break free from the overall structure due to bonds (chemical) being destroyed." is proof that you're not a chemist. No chemist would use language like that. Not to mention, of course, that it's wrong. Melting does not break chemical bonds. Since you don't even understand a simple Freshman Chemistry principles, your opinion is totally worthless.
My PhD in Chemistry from an Ivy League School is well documented for anyone who cares.
Heh. Case in point, water.
What would be the point of pointing out that water has four solid states (one of which is only achievable through so much pressure that it's exclusively theorical: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1106.1941.pdf) if you have to explain all the equations on an Internet board?
Television teaches people to grossly approximate, which is what he did, I think. In absolute, he's right thinking that heat will "usually" break chemical bonds, but approximating "melting" with "chemical bonds broken" would mean that ice turning to liquid water would change H20's chemical structure.
However, sufficient heat applied to said water will first turn it to gaseous state (yaye, cute clouds), then break it into various combinations of hydrogen and oxygen atoms at 2200°C (well, one third of H20 molecules are broken on average at that heat level, half at 3000°C if I am not mistaken).
That was just, however, random science bits learned from savvier people than me for the benefit of whoever cares ^^'