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Homework Help: Calculate the latent heat of fusion of ice

  1. Mar 6, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm given that for water near 0 degrees, dp/dT = ##-1.4\times 10^7PaK^-1##. And that water has a specific volume of ##1\times 10^{-3}m^3kg^{-1}##, while for ice the specific volume is ##1.09\times 10^{-3}m^3kg^{-1}##. Calculate the latent heat of fusion L for ice, and estimate the mass of a skater who melts ice by skating on skates 20cm long and 0.1mm wide. Assume that the rink is at -3 degrees.

    2. Relevant equations
    The equation for heat of fusion I know is ##Q=mL##, which I don't think is the way to go here. I did find out that ##\frac{dp}{dT} = \frac{L}{T\Delta V}##, and I think that's the more useful equation.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    ##\frac{dp}{dT}T\Delta V = L##

    So I need to calculate ##\Delta V##, but I'm not 100% sure how. If it's related to the 'specific volume', I've never heard of that quantity before and google had nothing useful to say about it...Unless ##\Delta V## is just the difference in specific volume between water and ice?
    Also, since I'm multiplying by T and T=0, that whole equation would equal zero anyway, and it definitely shouldn't!
    Thanks for any help :)
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  3. Mar 6, 2016 #2
    you can use T in degree K to avoid zero/
  4. Mar 6, 2016 #3
    i think you should take the difference in specific volume and calculate- the numbers will assure you about its meaning!
  5. Mar 6, 2016 #4


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    The specific volume of a substance is that volume occupied by a unit mass of the substance. That's what the word 'specific' means in this context, whether it's referring to specific heat, specific volume, whatever.

    The specific volume of liquid water is one of the key physical properties underlying the metric system. If that doesn't tell you what its value should be, then you can always look it up.
  6. Mar 6, 2016 #5
    Of course. Thank you!
    I should probably have realised that. In hindsight, the units provide a pretty good clue to the definition!

    For the second part, I suspect that the skater is going to have to be incredibly heavy to melt ice through pressure. The pressure a skater of mass m exerts will be mg/A. And the heat it takes to melt the ice will be the heat required to raise the temperature to 0 plus the latent heat of fusion. So

    ##Q = mL + mcdT##

    Where m is the mass of the ice to be melted rather than the mass of the skater... I suppose I could calculate for 1kg, or maybe work in heat per kg to melt ice?

    Maybe that's the wrong approach entirely, and I should find the pressure required to lower the melting point of ice to -3 degrees. Using the Clausius-Clapeyron equation probably.
  7. Mar 6, 2016 #6
    At what pressure is the melting point of water -3 C?
  8. Mar 8, 2016 #7
    Oh, I got it! Integrating Clausius Clapeyron and rearranging a little bit. Thanks!
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