q(sys)= -q(surr)


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jophan3F
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q(sys)= -q(surr)

Postby jophan3F » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:21 pm

In what situations or types of problems are you supposed to use the formula q(sys)= -q(surr)

martha-1I
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Re: q(sys)= -q(surr)

Postby martha-1I » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:40 pm

q=-q is mostly used for thermal equilibrium problems. An example would be if you were to put a certain amount of warm water into a certain amount of cold water. In this case, you would use the equation to solve for the final temperature since the masses and the initial temperatures of the samples of water would be given.
You would also use this equation for bomb calorimeter problems since heat is not released so thermal equilibrium must be reached at a certain point. An example of this one would be a warm metal placed in cold water inside a bomb calorimeter.

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Re: q(sys)= -q(surr)

Postby Justin Le 2I » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:57 pm

Another way to think of the equation is heat lost by system = heat gained by surroundings and vice versa. This logically makes sense provided that there is no heat being lost.


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