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Homework Help: Thermodynamics Final Temperature of Water

  1. Nov 10, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A certain mass f5047d1e0cbb50ec208923a22cd517c55100fa7b.png of water in a copper pot is heated over a stove that releases 9866e3a998d628ba0941eb4fea0666ac391d149a.png joules of heat to heat the water. Later the same mass f5047d1e0cbb50ec208923a22cd517c55100fa7b.png of water in an aluminum pot is heated over another stove that releases the same amount of heat 9866e3a998d628ba0941eb4fea0666ac391d149a.png in order to heat the water. Then the water in which pot will have the higher final equilibrium temperature?

    2. Relevant equations
    Q = mc∆T

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I think the final temperature of the water in the metal pot with the least specific heat will be higher because that pot can transfer heat more easily. Is this correct?

    (Edit) I believe you heat both of the pots for the same amount of time (not long enough to boil) and then stop the stove. Then wait until the equilibrium temperature for the metal and water is reached and compare it for both of them.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
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  3. Nov 11, 2017 #2


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    Crazy question - way too many unknowns for a simple answer.
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