Bomb calorimeter

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Karina Koo 2H
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Bomb calorimeter

Postby Karina Koo 2H » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:09 pm

whats the difference between a bomb calorimeter and a normal one and how does this affect calculations?

Sean Reyes 1J
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Re: Bomb calorimeter

Postby Sean Reyes 1J » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:20 pm

A bomb calorimeter take into account constant volume, whereas a normal calorimeter, such as a coffee-cup calorimeter, utilizes a constant pressure.
When doing calculations involving a calorimeter, the value of the specific heat of the calorimeter using a constant pressure will be greater than the specific heat of a calorimeter using constant volume. Which one you end up using would depend on the context of the problem, however.

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