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Calculate latent heat

  1. Jan 3, 2009 #1


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    We could use the change of entropy before and after eh phase changed to calculate the latent heat

    L = (S_{after} - S_{before})T

    and in some case, if we know the relation of pressure and temperature, we can also apply Clausius-Clapeyron relation to calculate the latent heat.

    I wonder if there is any usual way to calculate the latent heat for phase change. If the pressure is unchanged we see that then change of enthalpy is same the

    [tex]\Delta H= T\Delta S[/tex]

    So can I say the latent heat of phase change b/w any two phase for any system is equal to the change of enthalpy of this system during the phase change?
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2009
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  3. Jan 4, 2009 #2


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    Yes, it's okay since the transition occurs at constant temperature and pressure.

    L\equiv\Delta Q = T\Delta S=\Delta H - V\Delta P=\Delta H\;.
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