Calculating the Initial Temperature Of An Object

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Jesus Rodriguez 1J
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Calculating the Initial Temperature Of An Object

Postby Jesus Rodriguez 1J » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:31 am

A 248 g piece of copper is dropped into 390ml of water at 22.6C. The final temperature of the water is 39.9C. Can someone explain how we would calculate the initial temperature of the copper piece?

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Re: Calculating the Initial Temperature Of An Object

Postby Janet Nguyen 2H » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:32 pm

You would find the q of the water using the change in temperature and q=mC(deltaT). Then set the negative that equal to the amount of heat the copper lost (they should give you the specific heat capacity of copper) and solve for delta T. Use delta T to then find initial temperature. (the final temperature of the copper and water should be the same)

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Re: Calculating the Initial Temperature Of An Object

Postby RussellChin_3A » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:11 pm

use q=mC
and plug the respective values into this:

-Qmetal=Qwater

Silvino Jimenez 1A
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Re: Calculating the Initial Temperature Of An Object

Postby Silvino Jimenez 1A » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:52 pm

The answer I'm getting is approx:

40.2 C for initial Temp. of Cu

This makes sense b/c in order for the water to increase temp, it had to transfer from a hotter object (2nd Law of Thermo)


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