# Experiement of determining specifc latent heat of vapourisation

1. Dec 30, 2012

### lionely

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Explain why heat loss is the same in both cases, provided the time is the same.

2. Relevant equations
VIt = mL + H

3. The attempt at a solution

Is it the same because in both cases I'm asked to boil off 50g of alcohol?

2. Dec 30, 2012

### lionely

Well I realize what I said really makes no sense... I found something in a book that says H is negligible if we do 2 experiments and eliminate H from the two equations and H is also relatively small due to lagging but I'm confused because the diagram of setup my teacher gave me has NO LAGGING.

3. Dec 30, 2012

### haruspex

What 'both cases'? Have you forgoten to attach something?

4. Dec 30, 2012

### lionely

umm here's the method of experiment
method : Set up the apparatus as in the diagram of the experiment. Choose
a voltage setting by sliding the slider of the potentiometer. Record
the readings on the voltmeter and the ammeter. Bring the liquid
to boil. After boiling for 30 seconds, start your stopwatch and note
the time taken to boil away 50g of the alcohol. Repeat the
procedure with different values of V and I but with the same
time, t. Theory states that the thermal energy supplied after the
liquid has started to boil is equal to the heat required to boil off a
a mass m of the liquid plus the heat lost to the surroundings,
H .i.e.

VIt= mL + H

m is the mass of the liquid boiled off, t is the time, L is the
Specific Latent Heat of Vapourisation of alcohol.

Note , since the same time is used in both parts of the experiment, then
H may be eliminated by subtraction. Explain why heat loss is the same in both cases, provided the time is the same. Calculate the Specific Latent Heat of Vapourisation of alcohol and state its unit.

5. Dec 30, 2012

### haruspex

Why didn't you post all that the first time? There's no chance of making a useful reply to the original post.
The question could have been better worded. No, you are not expected to boil off 50g in both cases. In fact, you don't need to boil off exactly 50g in either case. it should say about 50g the first time. The second time it's whatever happens to boil off in the same time period. The important thing is that you measure how much boiled off in each case.
How would varying t affect H?

6. Dec 30, 2012

### lionely

t will affect the magnitude of H

7. Dec 30, 2012

### haruspex

Right. So if you conduct the measurements (voltage, current, mass lost) over the same time period each time, will H be the same? If not, why not?

8. Dec 30, 2012

### lionely

Umm I believe H will be the same, since the liquid is at it's boiling point each time?
and since it's the same t the amount of energy should practically be the same right?

9. Dec 30, 2012

### haruspex

Yes.

10. Dec 30, 2012

### lionely

Yes I believe so, thank you so much

11. Dec 31, 2012

### lionely

Sorry ignore this post I had two tabs open and posted in the wrong thread.