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Homework Help: Changes of state and latent heat

  1. Apr 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 0.2 kg block of ice at -15*C is placed into a pan on a stove, heated to a liquid, and then to vapour with a final temperature of 115*C. Calculate the total amount of heat required for this process.

    2. Relevant equations
    Eh = mc(t2 - t1)
    Lf (or Lv) = Eh / m

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Etotal = Emelting + Evapourization

    Emelting = mct
    = (0.2kg)(4.2x10^3)(0+15*C)
    = 12 600 J

    Evapourization = mct
    = (0.2kg)(4.2x10^3)(115-0*C)
    = 96 600 J

    Etotal = 12600 + 96 600J
    = 109 200 J or 1.1 x 10^5

    What am i doing wrong? The answer is 6.2 x 10^5 J.
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  3. Apr 9, 2008 #2


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    1) You need to use the correct specific heat capacity for ice, water, and steam.
    2) You need to incorporate the latent heat of the phase transformations that occur at 0°C and 100°C.
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