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Specific heat of combustion? help

  1. Jan 5, 2009 #1
    specific heat of combustion?? help

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Chemical Properties of gasoline components
    Using C5 to C10 hydrocarbons, conduct an experiment to determine the effect of one property of the hydrocarbon on the specific heat of combustion.


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    The problem is that I don't understand what this question is asking for. My teacher said the experiment is not needed... but how do I "determine the effect of one property of the hydrocarbon on the specific heat of combustion."... Any hints or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Jan 6, 2009 #2

    Borek

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    Re: specific heat of combustion?? help

    Can you name a few properties of substance?
     
  4. Jan 6, 2009 #3
    Re: specific heat of combustion?? help

    It's able to bond with other carbons
     
  5. Jan 6, 2009 #4

    Borek

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    Re: specific heat of combustion?? help

    No, that's not what you need.

    Imagine you have some liquid sustance. What physical properties of such substance will be listed in the handbook?
     
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