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Measuring the Quantity of Heat

On the previous page, we learned what heat does to an object when it is gained or released. Heat gains or losses result in changes in temperature, changes in state or the performance of work. Heat is a transfer of energy. When gained or lost by an object, there will be corresponding energy changes within that object. A change in temperature is associated with changes in the average kinetic energy of the particles within the object. A change in state is associated with changes in the internal potential energy possessed by the object. And when work is done, there is an overall transfer of energy to the object upon which the work is done. In this part of Lesson 2, we will investigate the question How does one measure the quantity of heat gained or released by an object? Specific Heat Capacity Suppose that several objects composed of different materials are heated in the same manner. Will the objects warm up at equal rates? The answer: most likely not. Different materials would warm up at different rates because each material has its own specific heat capacity. The specific heat capacity refers to the amount of heat required to cause a unit of mass (say a gram or a kilogram) to change its temperature by 1C. Specific heat capacities of various materials are often listed in textbooks. Standard metric units are Joules/kilogram/Kelvin (J/kg/K). More commonly used units are J/g/C. Use the widget below to view specific heat capacities of various materials. Simply type in the name of a substance (aluminum, iron, copper, water, methanol, wood, etc.) and click on the Submit button; results will be displayed in a separate window. The specific heat capacity of solid aluminum (0.904 J/g/C) is different than the specific heat capacity of solid iron (0.449 J/g/C). This means that it would require more heat to increase the temperature of a given mass of aluminum by 1C compared to the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of the same mass of iron by 1C. In fact, it would take about twice as much heat to increase the temperature of a sample of aluminum a given amount compared to the same temperature change of the same amount of iron. This is because the specific heat capacity of aluminum is nearly twice the value of iron. Heat capacities are listed on a per gram or per kilogram basis. Occasionally, the value is listed on a per mole basis, in which case it is called the molar heat capacity. The fact that they are listed on a per amountbasis is an indication that the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of a substance depends on how much substance there is. Any person who has boiled a pot of water on a stove, undoubtedly know this truth. Water boils at 100C at sea level and at slightly lowered temperatures at higher elevations. To bring a pot of water to a boil, its temperature must first be raised to 100C. This temperature change is achieved by the absorption of heat from the stove burner. One quickly notices that it takes considerably more time to bring a full pot of water to a boil than to bring a half-full of water to a boil. This is because the

full pot of water must absorb more heat to result in the same temperature change. In fact, it requires twice as much heat to cause the same temperature change in twice the mass of water. Specific heat capacities are also listed on a per K or a per C basis. The fact that the specific heat capacity is listed on aper degree basis is an indication that the quantity of heat required to raise a given mass of substance to a specific temperature depends upon the change in temperature required to reach that final temperature. In other words, it is not the final temperature that is of importance, it is the overall temperature change. It takes more heat to change the temperature of water from 20C to 100C (a change of 80C) than to increase the temperature of the same amount of water from 60C to 100C (a change of 40C). In fact, it requires twice as much heat to change the temperature of a given mass of water by 80C compared to the change of 40C. A person who wishes to bring water to a boil on a stovetop more quickly should begin with warm tap water instead of cold tap water. This discussion of specific heat capacity deserves one final comment. The term specific heat capacity is somewhat of amisnomer. The term implies that substances have a capacity to contain heat. As has been previously discussed, heat is not something that is contained in an object. Heat is something that is transferred to or from an object. Objects contain energy in a variety of forms. When that energy is transferred to other objects of different temperatures, we refer to transferred energy as heat or thermal energy. While it's not likely to catch on, a more appropriate term would be specific energy capacity. Relating the Quantity of Heat to the Temperature Change Specific heat capacities provide a means of mathematically relating the amount of thermal energy gained (or lost) by a sample of any substance to the sample's mass and its resulting temperature change. The relationship between these four quantities is often expressed by the following equation. Q = mCT where Q is the quantity of heat transferred to or from the object, m is the mass of the object, C is the specific heat capacity of the material the object is composed of, and Tis the resulting temperature change of the object. As in all situations in science, a delta(?) value for any quantity is calculated by subtracting the initial value of the quantity from the final value of the quantity. In this case, T is equal to Tfinal - Tinitial. When using the above equation, the Q value can turn out to be either positive or negative. As always, a positive and a negative result from a calculation has physical significance. A positive Q value indicates that the object gained thermal energy from its surroundings; this would correspond to an increase in temperature and a positive T value. A negative Q value indicates that the object released thermal energy to its

surroundings; this would correspond to a decrease in temperature and a negative T value. Knowing any three of these four quantities allows an individual to calculate the fourth quantity. A common task in many physics classes involves solving problems associated with the relationships between these four quantities. As examples, consider the two problems below. The solution to each problem is worked out for you. Additional practice can be found in the Check Your Understanding section at the bottom of the page. Example Problem 1 What quantity of heat is required to raise the temperature of 450 grams of water from 15C to 85C? The specific heat capacity of water is 4.18 J/g/C. Like any problem in physics, the solution begins by identifying known quantities and relating them to the symbols used in the relevant equation. In this problem, we know the following: m = 450 g C = 4.18 J/g/C Tinitial = 15C Tfinal = 85C We wish to determine the value of Q - the quantity of heat. To do so, we would use the equation Q = mCT. Them and the C are known; the T can be determined from the initial and final temperature. T = Tfinal - Tinitial = 85C - 15C = 70.C With three of the four quantities of the relevant equation known, we can substitute and solve for Q. Q = mCT = (450 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(70.C) Q = 131670 J Q = 1.3x105 J = 130 kJ (rounded to two significant digits)

Example Problem 2 A 12.9 gram sample of an unknown metal at 26.5C is placed in a Styrofoam cup containing 50.0 grams of water at 88.6C. The water cools down and the metal warms up until thermal equilibrium is achieved at 87.1C. Assuming all the heat lost by the water is gained by the metal and that the cup is perfectly insulated, determine the specific heat capacity of

the unknown metal. The specific heat capacity of water is 4.18 J/g/C. Compared to the previous problem, this is a much more difficult problem. In fact, this problem is like two problems in one. At the center of the problem-solving strategy is the recognition that the quantity of heat lost by the water (Qwater) equals the quantity of heat gained by the metal (Qmetal). Since the m, C and T values of the water are known, the Qwater can be calculated. This Qwater value equals the Qmetal value. Once the Qmetal value is known, it can be used with the m and T value of the metal to calculate the Qmetal. Use of this strategy leads to the following solution: Part 1: Determine the Heat Lost by the Water Given: m = 50.0 g C = 4.18 J/g/C Tinitial = 88.6C Tfinal = 87.1C T = -1.5C (Tfinal - Tinitial) Solve for Qwater: Qwater = mCT = (50.0 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(-1.5C) Qwater = -313.5 J (unrounded) (The - sign indicates that heat is lost by the water) Part 2: Determine the value of Cmetal Given: Qmetal = 313.5 J (use a + sign since the metal is gaining heat) m = 12.9 g Tinitial = 26.5C Tfinal = 87.1C T = (Tfinal - Tinitial ) Solve for Cmetal: Rearrange Qmetal = mmetalCmetalTmetal to obtain Cmetal = Qmetal / (mmetalTmetal) Cmetal = Qmetal / (mmetalTmetal) = (313.5 J)/[(12.9 g)(60.6C)] Cmetal = 0.40103 J/g/C Cmetal = 0.40 J/g/C (rounded to two significant digits)

Heat and Changes of State The discussion above and the accompanying equation relates the heat gained or lost by an object to the resulting temperature changes of that object. As we have learned, sometimes heat is gained or lost but there is no temperature change. This is the case when the substance is undergoing a state change. So now we must investigate the mathematics related to changes in state and the quantity of heat. To begin the discussion, let's consider the various state changes that could be observed for a sample of matter. The table below lists several state changes and identifies the name commonly associated with each process. Process Melting Freezing Vaporization Condensation Sublimation Deposition Change of State Solid to Liquid Liquid to Solid Liquid to Gas Gas to Liquid Solid to Gas Gas to Solid

In the case of melting, boiling and sublimation, energy would have to be added to the sample of matter in order to cause the change of state. Such state changes are referred to as being endothermic. Freezing, condensation and deposition are exothermic; energy is released by the sample of matter when these state changes occur. So one might notice that a sample of ice (solid water) undergoes melting when it is placed on or near a burner. Heat is transferred from the burner to the sample of ice; energy is gained by the ice causing the change of state. But how much energy would be required to cause such a change of state? Is there a mathematical formula that might help in determining the answer to this question? There most certainly is. The amount of energy required to change the state of a sample of matter depends on three things. It depends upon what the substance is, on how much substance is undergoing the state change, and upon what state change that is occurring. For instance, it requires a different amount of energy to melt ice (solid water) compared to melting iron. And it requires a different amount of energy to melt ice (solid water) as it does to vaporize the same amount of liquid water. And finally, it requires a different amount of energy to melt 10.0 grams of ice compared to melting 100.0 grams of ice. The substance, the process and the amount of substance are the three variables that affect the amount of energy required to cause a specific change in

state. Use the widget below to investigate the effect of the substance and the process upon the energy change. (Note that the Heat of Fusion is the energy change associated with the solid-liquid state change.) The values for the specific heat of fusion and the specific heat of vaporization are reported on a per amount basis. For instance, the specific heat of fusion of water is 333 J/gram. It takes 333 J of energy to melt 1.0 gram of ice. It takes 10 times as much energy - 3330 J - to melt 10.0 grams of ice. Reasoning in this manner leads to the following formulae relating the quantity of heat to the mass of the substance and the heat of fusion and vaporization. For melting and freezing: Q = mHfusion For vaporization and condensation: Q = mHvaporization where Q represents the quantity of energy gained or released during the process, m represents the mass of the sample, Hfusion represents the specific heat of fusion (on a per gram basis) and Hvaporization represents the specific heat of vaporization (on a per gram basis). Similar to the discussion regarding Q = mCT, the values of Q can be either positive or negative. Values of Q are positive for the melting and vaporization process; this is consistent with the fact that the sample of matter must gain energy in order to melt or vaporize. Values of Q are negative for the freezing and condensation process; this is consistent with the fact that the sample of matter must lose energy in order to freeze or condense. As an illustration of how these equations can be used, consider the following two example problems. Example Problem 3 Elise places 48.2 grams of ice in her beverage. What quantity of energy would be absorbed by the ice (and released by the beverage) during the melting process? The heat of fusion of water is 333 J/g. The equation relating the mass (48.2 grams), the heat of fusion (333 J/g), and the quantity of energy (Q) is Q = mHfusion. Substitution of known values into the equation leads to the answer. Q = mHfusion = (48.2 g)(333 J/g) Q = 16050.6 J Q = 1.61 x 104 J = 16.1 kJ (rounded to three significant digits) Example Problem 3 involves a rather straightforward, plug-and-chug type calculation. Now we will try Example Problem 4, which will require a significant deeper level of analysis. Example Problem 4 What is the minimum amount of liquid water at 26.5 degrees that would be

required to completely melt 50.0 grams of ice? The specific heat capacity of liquid water is 4.18 J/g/C and the specific heat of fusion of ice is 333 J/g. In this problem, the ice is melting and the liquid water is cooling down. Energy is being transferred from the liquid to the solid. To melt the solid ice, 333 J of energy must be transferred for every gram of ice. This transfer of energy from the liquid water to the ice will cool the liquid down. But the liquid can only cool as low as 0C the freezing point of the water. At this temperature the liquid will begin to solidify (freeze) and the ice will not completely melt. We know the following about the ice and the liquid water: Given Info about Ice: m = 50.0 g Hfusion = 333 J/g Given Info about Liquid Water: C = 4.18 J/g/C Tinitial = 26.5C Tfinal = 0.0C T = -26.5C (Tfinal - Tinitial ) The energy gained by the ice is equal to the energy lost from the water. Qice = -Qliquid water The - sign indicates that the one object gains energy and the other object loses energy. We can calculate the left side of the above equation as follows: Qice = mHfusion = (50.0 g)(333 J/g) Qice = 16650 J Now we can set the right side of the equation equal to mCT and begin to substitute in known values of C and T in order to solve for the mass of the liquid water. The solution is: 16650 J = -Qliquid water 16650 J = -mliquid waterCliquid waterTliquid water 16650 J = -mliquid water(4.18 J/g/C)(-26.5C) 16650 J = -mliquid water(-110.77 J/C) mliquid water = -(16650 J)/(-110.77 J/C) mliquid water = 150.311 g mliquid water = 1.50x102 g (rounded to three significant digits)

Heating and Cooling Curves Revisited On the previous page of Lesson 2, the heating curve of water was discussed. The heating curve showed how the temperature of water increased over the course of time as a sample of water in its solid state (i.e., ice) was heated. We learned that the addition of heat to the sample of water could cause either changes in temperature or changes in state. At the melting point of water, the addition of heat causes a transformation of the water from the solid state to the liquid state. And at the boiling point of water, the addition of heat causes a transformation of the water from the liquid state to the gaseous state. These changes in state occurred without any changes in temperature. However, the addition of heat to a sample of water that is not at any phase change temperatures will result in a change in temperature. Now we can approach the topic of heating curves on a more quantitative basis. The diagram below represents the heating curve of water. There are five labeled sections on the plotted lines.

The three diagonal sections represent the changes in temperature of the sample of water in the solid state (section 1), the liquid state (section 3), and the gaseous state (section 5). The two horizontal sections represent the changes in state of the water. In section 2, the sample of water is undergoing melting; the solid is changing to a liquid. In section 4, the sample of water is undergoing boiling; the liquid is changing to a gas. The quantity of heat transferred to the water in sections 1, 3, and 5 is related to the mass of the sample and the temperature change by the formula Q = mCT. And the quantity of heat transferred to the water in sections 2 and 4 is related to the mass of the sample and the heat of fusion and vaporization by the formulae Q = mHfusion (section 2) and Q = mHvaporization(section 4). So now we will make an effort to calculate the quantity of heat required to change 50.0 grams of water from the solid state at -20.0C to the gaseous state at 120.0C. The calculation will require five steps - one step for each section of the above graph. While the specific heat capacity of a substance varies with temperature, we will use the following values of specific heat in our calculations: Solid Water: C=2.00 J/g/C Liquid Water: C = 4.18 J/g/C Gaseous Water: C = 2.01 J/g/C

Finally, we will use the previously reported values of Hfusion (333 J/g) and Hvaporization (2.23 kJ/g). Section 1: Changing the temperature of solid water (ice) from -20.0C to 0.0C. Use Q1 = mCT where m = 50.0 g, C = 2.00 J/g/C, Tinitial = -200C, andTfinal = 0.0C Q1 = mCT = (50.0 g)(2.00 J/g/C)(0.0C - -20.0C) Q1 = 2.00 x103 J = 2.00 kJ

Section 2: Melting the Ice at 0.0C. Use Q2 = mHfusion where m = 50.0 g and Hfusion = 333 J/g Q2 = mHfusion = (50.0 g)(333 J/g) Q2 = 1.665 x104 J = 16.65 kJ Q2 = 16.7 kJ (rounded to 3 significant digits) Section 3: Changing the temperature of liquid water from 0.0C to 100.0C. Use Q3 = mCT where m = 50.0 g, C = 4.18 J/g/C, Tinitial = 0.0C, and Tfinal = 100.0C Q3 = mCT = (50.0 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(100.0C - 0.0C) Q3 = 2.09 x104 J = 20.9 kJ Section 4: Boiling the Water at 100.0C. Use Q4 = mHvaporization where m = 50.0 g and Hvaporization = 2.23 kJ/g Q4 = mHvaporization = (50.0 g)(2.23 kJ/g) Q4 = 111.5 kJ Q4 = 112 kJ (rounded to 3 significant digits) Section 5: Changing the temperature of liquid water from 0.0C to 100.0C. Use Q5 = mCT

where m = 50.0 g, C = 2.01 J/g/C, Tinitial = 100.0C, and Tfinal = 120.0C Q5 = mCT = (50.0 g)(2.01 J/g/C)(120.0C - 100.0C) Q5 = 2.01 x103 J = 2.01 kJ

The total amount of heat required to change solid water (ice) at -20C to gaseous water at 120C is the sum of the Qvalues for each section of the graph. That is, Qtotal = Q1 + Q2 + Q3 + Q4 + Q5 Summing these five Q values and rounding to the proper number of significant digits leads to a value of 154 kJ as the answer to the original question. In the above example, there are several features of the solution that are worth reflecting on: First: The lengthy problem was divided into parts, with each part representing one of the five sections of the graph. Since there were five Q values being calculated, they were labeled as Q1, Q2, etc. This level of organization is required in a multi-step problem such as this one. Second: Attention was given to the +/- sign on T. The change in temperature (or of any quantity) is always calculated as the final value of the quantity minus the initial value of that quantity. Third: Attention was given to units throughout the course of the problem. Units of Q will either be in Joule or kiloJoule depending on which quantities are being multiplied. Failure to pay attention to units is a common cause of failure in problems like these. Fourth: Attention was given to significant digits throughout the course of the problem. While this should never become the major emphasis of any problem in physics, it is certainly a detail worth attending to. We've learned here on this page how to calculate the quantity of heat involved in any heating/cooling process and in any change of state process. This understanding will be critical as we proceed to the next page of Lesson 2 on the topic of calorimetry. Calorimetry is the science associated with determining the changes in energy of a system by measuring the heat exchanged with the surroundings.

Check Your Understanding


1. Water has an unusually high specific heat capacity. Which one of the following statements logically follows from this fact? a. Compared to other substances, hot water causes severe burns because it is a good conductor of heat b. Compared to other substances, water will quickly warm up to high temperatures when heated. c. Compared to other substances, it takes a considerable amount of heat for a sample of water to change its temperature by a small amount.

Answer: C A substance with a high specific heat capacity is a substance that requires a relative large quantity of heat to cause a small temperature change. Because of this, water does not change its temperature as rapidly as other substances that are heated in the same manner; choice B does not logically follow. Specific heat capacity should not be confused with thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity is the measure of the ability of a substance to conduct heat; choice A has to do with thermal conductivity
2. Explain why large bodies of water such as Lake Michigan can be quite chilly in early July despite the outdoor air temperatures being near or above 90F (32C).

Answer: Lake Michigan is a body of water with a large m value and a large C value. It would take a lot of solar energy absorption to increase its temperature from the cold wintry temperatures to the higher summertime temperatures. It may take a couple of months of summer before the heating of the large mass of water is "complete."
3. The table below describes a thermal process for a variety of objects (indicated by red, bold-faced text). For each description, indicate if heat is gained or lost by the object, whether the process is endothermic or exothermic, and whether Q for the indicated object is a positive or negative value. Heat Q: Gained Endo- or + or Heat Exothermic? or Lost? ?

Process a. An ice cube is placed into a glass of room

temperature lemonade in order to cool the beverage down. b. c. A cold glass of lemonade sits on the picnic table in the hot afternoon sun and warms up to 32F. The burners on an electric stove are turned off and gradually cool down to room temperature.

The teacher removes a large chunk of dry ice from d. a thermos and places it into water. The dry ice sublimes, producing gaseous carbon dioxide. Water vapor in the humidified air strikes the e. window and turns to a dew drop (drop of liquid water).

Answer: Heat Gained Endo- or Q: + or Heat Exothermic? or -? Lost? Endo Endo Exo Endo Exo + + +

Process

An ice cube is placed into a glass of room temperature Gained lemonade in order to cool the beverage down. A cold glass of lemonade sits on the picnic table in the b. Gained hot afternoon sun and warms up to 32F. The burners on an electric stove are turned off and c. Lost gradually cool down to room temperature. The teacher removes a large chunk ofdry ice from a d.thermos and places it into water. The dry ice sublimes, Gained producing gaseous carbon dioxide. Water vapor in the humidified air strikes the window e. Lost and turns to a dew drop (drop of liquid water). a.

4. An 11.98-gram sample of zinc metal is placed in a hot water bath and warmed to 78.4C. It is then removed and placed into a Styrofoam cup containing 50.0 mL of room temperature water (T=27.0C; density = 1.00 g/mL). The water warms to a temperature of 28.1C. Determine the specific heat capacity of the zinc.

Answer:0.38 J/g/C The water warms up and the energy it gains is equal to the energy lost by the metal. The quantity of energy gained by the water can be calculated as Qwater = mCwaterT = (50.0 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(28.1C-27.0C) = 229.9 J

Now this 229.9 J is equal to the -Qmetal. The specific heat capacity of the metal can be calculated by setting -229.9 J equal to mCT. C = -229.9 J/(11.98 g)/(28.1C - 78.4C) = 0.382 J/g/C
5. Jake grabs a can of soda from the closet and pours it over ice in a cup. Determine the amount of heat lost by the room temperature soda as it melts 61.9 g of ice (Hfusion = 333 J/g).

Answer: 20.6 kJ Use the equation Q = mHfusion where m=61.9 g and Hfusion=333 J/g. Conversion to kiloJoule is of course optional.
6. The heat of sublimation (Hsublimation) of dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) is 570 J/g. Determine the amount of heat required to turn a 5.0-pound bag of dry ice into gaseous carbon dioxide. (Given: 1.00 kg = 2.20 lb)

Answer: 1300 kJ (rounded from 1295 kJ) mdry ice = 5.0 lb(1.00 kg/2.2 lb) = 2.2727 kg Now that the mass of dry ice is known, the Q value can be determined. Again, attention must be given to units. Since the mass is known in kilogram, it would be useful to express the heat of sublimation in kJ/kg. So 570 J/g is equivalent to 570 kJ/kg. And so the answer is calculated as Q = mdry ice Hsublimation-dry ice Q = (2.2727 kg)(570 kJ/kg) = 1295 kJ Q = ~1300 kg (rounded to two significant digits)
7. Determine the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a 3.82gram sample of solid para-dichlorobenzene from 24C to its liquid state at 75C. Para-dichlorobenzene has a melting point of 54C, a heat of fusion of 124 J/g and specific heat capacities of 1.01 J/g/C (solid state) and 1.19 J/g/C (liquid state).

Answer: 680 J (rounded from 684.9 J) This problem requires three steps - calculating the Q1 for raising the temperature of para-dichlorobenzene (abbreviated as PDCB for the remainder of the problem) to 54C (the melting point), calculating the Q2for melting the

PDCB, and calculating the Q3 for raising the temperature of the liquid PDCB to 75C. Q1 =(3.82 g)(1.01 J/g/C)(54C-24C) = 115.7 J Q2 =(3.82 g)(124 J/g) = 473.7 J Q3 =(3.82 g)(1.19 J/g/C)(75C-54C) = 95.5 J Qtotal = Q1 + Q2 + Q3 = 684.9 J

Calorimeters and Calorimetry


Calorimetry is the science associated with determining the changes in energy of a system by measuring the heat exchanged with the surroundings. Now that sounds very textbooky; but in this last part of Lesson 2, we are going to try to make some meaning of this definition of calorimetry. In physics class (and for some, in chemistry class), calorimetry labs are frequently performed in order to determine the heat of reaction or the heat of fusion or the heat of dissolution or even the specific heat capacity of a metal. These types of labs are rather popular because the equipment is relatively inexpensive and the measurements are usually straightforward. In such labs, a calorimeter is used. A calorimeter is a device used to measure the quantity of heat transferred to or from an object. Most students likely do not remember using such a fancy piece of equipment known as a calorimeter. Fear not; the reason for the lack of memory is not a sign of early Alzheimer's. Rather, it is because the calorimeter used in high school science labs is more commonly referred to as a Styrofoam cup. It is a coffee cup calorimeter - usually filled with water. The more sophisticated cases include a lid on the cup with an inserted thermometer and maybe even a stirrer.

Coffee Cup Calorimetry So how can such simple equipment be used to measure the quantity of heat gained or lost by a system? We have learned on the previous page, that water will change its temperature when it gains or loses energy. And in fact, the quantity of energy gained or lost is given by the equation Q = mwaterCwaterTwater where Cwater is 4.18 J/g/C. So if the mass of water and the temperature change of the water in the coffee cup calorimeter can be measured, the quantity of energy gained or lost by the water can be calculated. The assumption behind the science of calorimetry is that the energy gained or lost by the water is equal to the energy lost

or gained by the object under study. So if an attempt is being made to determine the specific heat of fusion of ice using a coffee cup calorimeter, then the assumption is that the energy gained by the ice when melting is equal to the energy lost by the surrounding water. It is assumed that there is a heat exchange between the ice and the water in the cup and that no other objects are involved in the heat exchanged. This statement could be placed in equation form as

Qice = - Qsurroundings = -Qcalorimeter The value of the Styrofoam in a coffee cup calorimeter is that it reduces the amount of heat exchange between the water in the coffee cup and the surrounding air. The value of a lid on the coffee cup is that it also reduces the amount of heat exchange between the water and the surrounding air. The more that these other heat exchanges are reduced, the more true that the above mathematical equation will be. Any error analysis of a calorimetry experiment must take into consideration the flow of heat from system to calorimeter to other parts of the surroundings. And any design of a calorimeter experiment must give attention to reducing the exchanges of heat between the calorimeter contents and thesurroundings.

Bomb Calorimetry The coffee cup calorimeters used in high school science labs provides students with a worthwhile exercise in calorimetry. But at the professional level, a cheap Styrofoam cup and a thermometer isn't going to assist a commercial food manufacturer in determining the Calorie content of their products. For situations in which exactness and accuracy is at stake, a more expensive calorimeter is needed. Chemists often use a device known as a bomb calorimeter to measure the heat exchanges associated with chemical reactions, especially combustion reactions. Having little to nothing to do with bombs of the military variety, a bomb calorimeter includes a reaction chamber where the reaction (usually a combustion reaction) takes place. The reaction chamber is a strong vessel that can withstand the intense pressure of heated gases with exploding. The chamber is typically filled with mostly oxygen gas and the fuel. An electrical circuit is wired into the chamber in order to electrically ignite the contents in order to perform a student of the heat released upon combustion. The reaction chamber is surrounded by a jacket of water with a thermometer inserted. The heat released from the chamber warms the water-filled jacket, allowing a scientist to determine the quantity of energy released by the reaction.

Solving Calorimetry Problems Now let's look at a few examples of how a coffee cup calorimeter can be used as a tool to answer some typical lab questions. The next three examples are all based on laboratory experiments involving calorimetry. Example Problem 1: A physics class has been assigned the task of determining an experimental value for the heat of fusion of ice. Anna Litical and Noah Formula dry and mass out 25.8-gram of ice and place it into a coffee cup with 100.0 g of water at 35.4C. They place a lid on the coffee cup and insert a thermometer. After several minutes, the ice has completely melted and the water temperature has lowered to 18.1C. What is their experimental value for the specific heat of fusion of ice? The basis for the solution to this problem is the recognition that the quantity of energy lost by the water when cooling is equal to the quantity of energy required to melt the ice. In equation form, this could be stated as Qice = -Qcalorimeter (The negative sign indicates that the ice is gaining energy and the water in the calorimeter is losing energy.) Here the calorimeter (as in the Qcalorimeter term) is considered to be the water in the coffee cup. Since the mass of this water and its temperature change are known, the value of Qcalorimeter can be determined. Qcalorimeter = mCT Qcalorimeter = (100.0 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(18.1C - 35.4C) Qcalorimeter = -7231.4 J The negative sign indicates that the water lost energy. The assumption is that this energy lost by the water is equal to the quantity of energy gained by the ice. So Qice = +7231.4 J. (The positive sign indicates an energy gain.) This value can be used with the equation from the previous page to determine the heat of fusion of the ice. Qice = miceHfusion-ice +7231.4 J = (25.8 g)Hfusion-ice Hfusion-ice = (+7231.4 J)/(25.8 g) Hfusion-ice = 280.28 J/g Hfusion-ice = 2.80x102 J/g (rounded to two significant figures)

Example Problem 2: A chemistry student dissolves 4.51 grams of sodium hydroxide in 100.0 mL of water

at 19.5C (in a calorimeter cup). As the sodium hydroxide dissolves, the temperature of the surrounding water increases to 31.7C. Determine the heat of solution of the sodium hydroxide in J/g. Once more, the solution to this problem is based on the recognition that the quantity of energy released when sodium hydroxide dissolves is equal to the quantity of energy absorbed by the water in the calorimeter. In equation form, this could be stated as QNaOH dissolving = -Qcalorimeter (The negative sign indicates that the NaOH is losing energy and the water in the calorimeter is gaining energy.) Since the mass and temperature change of the water have been measured, the energy gained by the water (calorimeter) can be determined. Qcalorimeter = mCT Qcalorimeter = (100.0 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(31.7C - 19.5C) Qcalorimeter = 5099.6 J The assumption is that this energy gained by the water is equal to the quantity of energy released by the sodium hydroxide when dissolving. So QNaOH-dissolving = -5099.6 J. (The negative sign indicates an energy lost.) This quantity is the amount of heat released when dissolving 4.51 grams of the sodium hydroxide. When the heat of solution is determined on a per gram basis, this 5099.6 J of energy must be divided by the mass of sodium hydroxide that is being dissolved. Hsolution = QNaOH-dissolving / mNaOH Hsolution = (-5099.6 J) / (4.51 g) Hsolution = -1130.7 J/g Hsolution = -1.13x103 J/g (rounded to three significant figures)

Example Problem 3: A large paraffin candle has a mass of 96.83 gram. A metal cup with 100.0 mL of water at 16.2C absorbs the heat from the burning candle and increases its temperature to 35.7C. Once the burning is ceased, the temperature of the water was 35.7C and the paraffin had a mass of 96.14 gram. Determine the heat of combustion of paraffin in kJ/gram. GIVEN: density of water = 1.0 g/mL. As is always the case, calorimetry is based on the assumption that all the heat lost by the system is gained by thesurroundings. It is assumed that the surroundings is the water that undergoes the temperature change. In equation form, it could be stated that

Qparaffin = -Qwater Since the mass and temperature change of the water are known, the energy gained by the water in the calorimeter can be determined. Qcalorimeter = mCT Qcalorimeter = (100.0 g)(4.18 J/g/C)(35.7C - 16.2C) Qcalorimeter = 8151 J The paraffin released 8151 J or 8.151 kJ of energy when burned. This is based on the burning of 0.69 gram (96.83 g - 96.14 g). To determine the heat of combustion on a per gram basis, the Qparaffin value (-8.151 kJ) must be divided by the mass of paraffin burned: Hcombustion - paraffin = (-8.151 kJ) / (0.69 g) Hcombustion - paraffin = -11.813 kJ/g Hcombustion - paraffin = -12 kJ/g (rounded to two significant digits)