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Thermodynamics preoblem

  1. Apr 29, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Not sure if this is the right thread for this question but here goes :

    A worker pours 1.25 kg of molten lead at a temperature of 327.3 into 0.500 kg of water at a temperature of 75 C in an insulated bucket of negligible mass. Assuming no heat loss of the surroundings. Calculate the mass of lead and water remaining in the bucket when the materials have reached thermal equilibrium.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    C(lead ) = 130

    Q=mcdelta T

    (1.250)(130)(600.3-t)= Q (lead)


    expand rearrange :


    T= 355.57333

    i kind of lost here , thats all i have done

    the answear is

    (1.743kg) - remember, steam will be produced!

    but how is this the answear can someone show me the working ?

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  3. Apr 30, 2013 #2


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    What happens to water when it reaches a temperature of 100 C? Hint: think teapot.
  4. Apr 30, 2013 #3
    boiling point of water ? .

    but how is the mass achieved ?
  5. Apr 30, 2013 #4


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    You have used the mass of lead (1.25 kg) instead of the mass of water (0.500 kg) in writing the equation for the amount of heat received by the water.
  6. May 1, 2013 #5
    Start out by assuming that not all the water boils away, but that there is enough heat in the lead to raise the temperature of the water to its boiling point. Under these circumstances, what is the final temperature of the lead and water?
  7. Aug 11, 2014 #6
    Take into consideration that the melting point of lead is 600 K (327.3oC) so the lead must go a phase transition to solid
  8. Aug 11, 2014 #7

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    Lead changing to water or vice-versa??? Alchemy perhaps?
    If all that's left is lead and water then steam must count as water ...

    Or maybe lead oxidizes or ... ?
  9. Aug 11, 2014 #8
    The problem states "molten lead at 327.3 oC"

    My textbook has the melting point of lead to be 600.3 K. A phase transition (liquid to solid) for the lead is necessary, as well as phase transition from liquid to vapor for some of the water.

    From where are you coming with an alchemy reference?

    The quoted "answer" is obtained when the phase transitions are taken into consideration.
  10. Aug 11, 2014 #9

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    The mass of lead obviously doesn't change, so 50% of the answer is a no-brainer if there ever was one. It starts and ends at 1.25 kg. Easy, huh?

    If we decide not to call steam "water" then obviously one can ask for the proportion of water to steam. The problem should have been stated as "what is the remaining proportion of water to vapor".

    Alchemy is the changing of one element to another, which would have to happen if the mass of lead were to chage - unless, as I said, we consider chemical reactions like oxidation.
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