I heated 50mL of water in a Dewar and measured the temp. change with time. however, this only gives me the heat capacity of the system. I again measured but with 100mL of water, in an attempt to correct for the unknown heat capacity of everything but the water. However, after hours of trying, i can't figure out how to correct for the heat capacity of everything else. This is due tomorrow and is for a University thermodynamics course, I could really use the help.
trial 1: dQ=258.5J, dT=0.981 K, m=0.050 kg
trial 2: dQ = 1180.2J, dT=2.230 K, m=0.100kg
I am trying to correct for the unknown heat capacities of everything but the water in an attempt to find the specific heat capacity of water. It seems like simple algebra but its not working out.
c (specific heat capacity) = 1/M (dQ/dT)
C (heat capacity) = dQ/dT
The Attempt at a Solution
I tried Ctotal = Cwater + Cother for each and equated Cother to no luck... i tried everything i can think of