
#1
Jan2604, 08:25 PM

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Here's the problem:
To measure the heat capacity of an object, all you usually have to do is put it in thermal contact wit another object whose heat capacity you know. As an example, suppose that a chuck of metais immersed in boiling water (100 degrees), then is quickly transferred into a Styrofoam cup containing 250 g of water at 20 degrees Celcius. After a minute of so, the temperature of the contents of the cup is 24 degrees celcius. Assume during this time n significant energy is transferred between the contents of the cup and the surroundings. The heat capacity of the cup itself is negligible. (a) How much heat gained by the water? For this one, would I use C = Q/delta T and solve for Q? If so, what is C? (b) How much heat is lost by the metal? Not sure about this one? Don't know how to start this one. (c)What is the heat capacity of this chunk of metal? Would I use the same eqn. that I used in part a? (d)If the mass of the chunk of metal is 100g, what is its specific heat capacity? I think I would use c=C/m. But what is C? 



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Jan2704, 07:13 AM

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#3
Jan2704, 09:07 PM

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c is specific heat, which is equal to ΔQ/mΔT.
C is heat capacity, is equal to ΔQ/ΔT. 


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