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Determination of specific heat in a reaction

  1. May 19, 2015 #1
    Is there a way to determine the specific heat of a reaction before said reaction is introduced. thanks in advance for all of your inputs.
     
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  3. May 19, 2015 #2

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    What do you mean with "before"? You can calculate it. Or run an experiment somewhere else and use this result to predict what will happen.
     
  4. May 19, 2015 #3

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    Do you have a specific reaction you're wanting to know about?
     
  5. May 19, 2015 #4
    No, I don't have a specific reaction in mind. But, for instance, a baking soda and vinegar volcano. My question is without ever have mixed the ingredients, can I determine the approximate amount of heat given off? Thank you for your comments.
     
  6. May 19, 2015 #5

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    Sure. Take the standard enthalpy of formation of all involved molecules, find the difference between before and after.
     
  7. May 19, 2015 #6
    My research is in alternative methods for steam powered turbines on a very small scale. This project is purely educational as I am not currently in school nor do I have a job demanding this expertise. As I can easily make sodium hydroxide at home I will probably try to use that as 1 ingredient. I wish not for trial and error, as I said, home project, may not even get off the ground. I am looking for a formula that can measure the approx. heat given off by the reaction before I cause the reaction. thank you for your comments.
     
  8. May 19, 2015 #7
    Ok, now I understand. Thank you mfb for helping me.
     
  9. May 19, 2015 #8

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    Do you know anything about chemistry and how to find the amount of heat given off by a reaction when given the standard ethalpy of formation for each substance?
     
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