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Homework Help: Energy Transfer Question

  1. Nov 15, 2005 #1
    The average thermal conductivity of the walls (including windows) and roof of a house in Figure P11.32 is 4.8 10-4 kW/m°C, and their average thickness is 20.0 cm. The house is heated with natural gas, with a heat of combustion (energy given off per cubic meter of gas burned) of 9300 kcal/m3. How many cubic meters of gas must be burned each day to maintain an inside temperature of 28.0°C if the outside temperature is 0.0°C? Disregard radiation and loss by heat through the ground.

    The house's dimensions are 10.0m x 8.0m x 5.0m

    I tried this problem, and I keep getting the answer completely wrong... if anyone could show me how to do this one, that would be awesome.

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  3. Nov 15, 2005 #2

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    What have you tried so far? We can only help you if you tell us what you've done up to this point.
  4. Nov 15, 2005 #3
    I did P=(4.8E-4)(.2)(28)

    P= 2.688W

    Q= 232243.2 J of heat

    but i don't think that I am even starting it right.
  5. Nov 15, 2005 #4

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    Why did you multiply the thermal conductivity by length when computing the emitted power? How do you use the thermal conductivity to calculate the heat flux through a surface of area A and thickness L with a temperature difference [tex] \Delta T [/tex]?
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