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Bomb calorimeter and coffee cup calorimeter

  1. Jul 25, 2011 #1
    What is different between a bomb calorimeter and a coffee cup calorimeter that makes one only constant volume and the other only constant pressure?

    to me, it seems that both of them should have constant volume because they are both closed containers...

    and why is the pressure in a coffee cup calorimeter constant?

    What am I missing?

    thanks!
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2011 #2

    cjl

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    Because usually, a coffee cup is not sealed well enough to actually contain pressure.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2011 #3
    so that means it stays at atmospheric pressure, which is constant....!
     
  5. Jul 25, 2011 #4

    cjl

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    Exactly.
     
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