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Homework Help: Entropy and heat

  1. Mar 15, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An ice cube (mass 30 g) at 0 degrees celsuis is left sitting on the kitchen table, where it graduallyy melts. The temperature in the kitchen is 25 degrees celsuis. Calculate the entropy of the water (from melted ice ) as its temperature rises from 0 degrees celsuis to 25 degrees celsuis.

    2. Relevant equations
    c(ice)=2.0 J/g*C
    c(water)=4.18 J/g*C
    delta(S)= Q/T; Q=C*delta(T)=c*m*delta(T)/T
    3. The attempt at a solution

    delta(S)= Q/T=c*m*delta(T)/T= ((4.18)*(30 g)*(25 Kelvins))/298 Kelvins= 10.52 J/K
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  3. Mar 16, 2008 #2


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    [itex]\Delta S = \frac{Q}{T}[/itex] isn't going to give the right answer, because T isn't constant. Try integrating


    and plugging the initial and final temperatures into the resulting equation.
  4. Mar 21, 2008 #3
    You simply have to integrate (sum over the transformation path)
    [tex]dS=\frac{dU}{T} + \frac{PdV}{T} - \sum_i \frac{\mu_i dN_i}{T}[/tex]
    Fourier's law tells you that
    [tex]dU=\rho c dT[/tex]
    hence what is written above.
    You could also ask yourself what has happened with the second term (the last one is irrelevant here)
    Hint: linked to the ice coefficient of thermal expansion
    [tex]\alpha=\frac{1}{V}\left(\frac{\partial V}{\partial T}\right)_P[/tex]
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2008
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