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Homework Help: Equilibrium Temperature with three substances

  1. Jan 26, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If a block of 250 grams of lead (specific heat (c) =130) at 315 degrees celsius is placed in a 200 gram aluminum (c=900) calorimeter cup containing 900 grams of water (c=4.1), and the calorimeter and the water are both initially at 15 degrees celsius, what is the equilibrium temperature ?

    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm not sure if I'm on the right track.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017
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  3. Jan 27, 2017 #2


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    Try to approach it in a systematic way - for a single substance Q=mcΔt, for the whole system

    [tex]\sum_i m_ic_i\Delta T_i = 0[/tex]

    where [itex]\Delta T_i = T_{final} -T_{initial(i)}[/itex] (Tfinal is common for all substances present).
  4. Jan 27, 2017 #3


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    What are the units of specific heat, if lead is 130, aluminium is 900 and water is 4.1???
  5. Jan 28, 2017 #4
    The math is not consistent with your second Relevant equation. Try again.
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