A pond of water at 0°C is covered with a layer of ice 4.50 cm thick. If the air temperature stays constant at -11.0°C, how much time does it take for the thickness of the ice to increase to 9.00 cm?
Hint: To solve this problem, use the heat conduction equation,
dQ/dt = kA (change in)T/x
and note that the incremental energy dQ extracted from the water through the thickness x is the amount required to freeze a thickness dx of ice. That is, dQ = LpA dx, where p is the density of the ice, A is the area, and L is the latent heat of fusion. (The specific gravity and thermal conductivity for ice are, respectively, 0.917 is 2.0 W/m/°C.)
Heat conduction equation
The Attempt at a Solution
I am not sure how to do this, I have done extensive research but am still confused... please help. Also I don't study maths, so please help me with a word equation if possible.