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Homework Help: Specific Heat Problem and Thermos

  1. Nov 27, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    An insulated Thermos contains 127 cm3 of hot coffee at 79°. You put a 12.0 g ice cube at its melting point to cool the coffee. By how many degrees has your coffee cooled once the ice has melted and equilibrium is reached? Treat the coffee as though it were pure water and neglect energy exchanges with the environment.


    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Qtotal=Qwater+Qice melting+Qice warming=0

    (0.012kg)(333x10^3 J/kg) + (0.012kg)(4180 J/(kg*k))(Tf-273K)+(0.127kg)(4180 J/(kg*K))(Tf-352)=0
    Tf=338.303K or 65.302 C


    Any help would be appreciated. I have no idea where I am going wrong with this one.
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  3. Nov 28, 2007 #2

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    Break it up into two steps. M= mass of water and m = mass of ice.

    1. Mass m of ice melts, absorbing mL units of energy, where L is the latent heat of fusion.
    Temp of mass M of water drops to certain t1 from 79 C by giving out mL amount of heat. t1 can be found.

    2. Mass m of water heats up from 0 C to t2, and mass M of water cools down to t2 from t1. Find t2.

    If you use cgs units for this one, take 80 cal/g for L.
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