Calorimeter Specific heat

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Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k
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Calorimeter Specific heat

Postby Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:44 pm

When you are using a calorimeter to find temperature change, do you have to account for the amount of heat absorbed by the calorimeter? Or would this value be negligible?

Brianna Becerra 1B
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Re: Calorimeter Specific heat

Postby Brianna Becerra 1B » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:56 pm

I believe the calorimeters discussed in the class were both made of materials/in such a way that the heat could not be transferred to the calorimeter itself making it have no effect on the change in temperature.

Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C
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Re: Calorimeter Specific heat

Postby Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:44 pm

If you were doing a calorimeter experiment in a lab, then you would have to account for the heat absorbed by the calorimeter itself and the surroundings. For the purposes of this class, however, I believe you can consider this fact to be negligible when doing homework problems and calculations.


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