In this problem you will estimate the heat lost by a typical house, assuming that the temperature inside is 20 degrees and the temperature outside is 0 degress . The walls and uppermost ceiling of a typical house are supported by 2*6-inch wooden beams with fiberglass insulation in between. The true depth of the beams is actually 5+5/8 inches, but we will take the thickness of the walls and ceiling to be L=18cm to allow for the interior and exterior covering. Assume that the house is a cube of length L=9.0m on a side. Assume that the roof has very high conductivity, so that the air in the attic is at the same temperature as the outside air. Ignore heat loss through the ground.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The first step is to calculate , the effective thermal conductivity of the wall (or ceiling), allowing for the fact that the 2*6 beams are actually only 1+5/8 wide and are spaced 16 inches center to center.

please help me understand the question and find the effective.

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