# Calorimetry problem involving tea and ice

The problem:

On a hot summer day, you decide to make some iced tea. First, you brew 1.50 L of hot tea and leave it to steep until it has reached a temperature of T_tea = 75.0 C. You then add 0.975 kg of ice taken from the freezer at a temperature of T_ice = 0 C. By the time the mix reaches equilibrium, all of the ice has melted. What is the final temperature T_f of the mixture?

For the purposes of this problem, assume that the tea has the same thermodynamic properties as plain water.

The specific heat of water is = 4190.
The heat of fusion of ice is = 3.33×105 .
The density of the tea is = 1.00 .

My attempt:

I wrote the following expression to find T_f:
T_f = (m_tea*c*T_tea + m_ice*c*T_ice - L_f*m_ice) / (cm_tea + cm_ice)

I'm pretty sure this is right, but when I plug in the variables, I get:

(1.5*4190*75 - .975*3.33e5) / (4190*1.5 + .975*2050) = 17.71 C

17 degrees seems like a reasonable answer but it's not right. What could I be doing wrong?
Thanks.

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Hello mcnivvitz,

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I wrote the following expression to find T_f:
T_f = (m_tea*c*T_tea + m_ice*c*T_ice - L_f*m_ice) / (cm_tea + cm_ice)

I'm pretty sure this is right, but when I plug in the variables, I get:

(1.5*4190*75 - .975*3.33e5) / (4190*1.5 + .975*2050) = 17.71 C
Where does the 2050 come from?

Hello mcnivvitz,

Welcome to Physics Forums!

Where does the 2050 come from?
2050 is the specific heat capacity of ice, although I'm not sure where I got that number... It seems every site I go to has a different value. Wikipedia is saying 2110 So I'll see if that makes a difference.

It gives me 17.6, which is still wrong. Any other suggestions?

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2050 is the specific heat capacity of ice, although I'm not sure where I got that number... It seems every site I go to has a different value. Wikipedia is saying 2110 So I'll see if that makes a difference.

It gives me 17.6, which is still wrong. Any other suggestions?
Specific heat of ice. Hmmm. Now hold on a second.

The specific heat of ice might be useful if you are trying to find out how much energy it takes to change a block of ice by a given temperature. For example, if you wanted to change the temperature of a 1 kg block of ice from -20o C to -10o C, then the specific heat of ice would be useful. But the key point here is that it's only useful if the ice's temperature is changing and the block of ice remains ice.

Where is it in this problem where the temperature of the ice is changing (such that the ice remains in solid ice form, and is not a liquid or gas)? I see. Use the specific heat of water instead of ice, since the ice melts. Thank you so much!