Heat Capacity and Latent Heat


For this section, students should have:

  • A working ability to perform total differentials.
  • Basic understanding of what a partial differential represents in a physical process.
  • The skills to predict how heat will transfer in a simple thermodynamic process.
  • Understanding of the concepts of heat capacity and specific heat.

In-class Content

Lecture: Ice Calorimetry Lab II

Linke to Ice Calorimetry Lab II

Lab Highlights

  1. This integrated laboratory activity is designed to help students understand heat capacity and entropy change during an irreversible process.
  2. Students mix ice with water in an insulated container and predict the final state of the system and its change in entropy.
  3. The wrap-up discussion addresses sources of experimental error and difficulties students encountered while making their calculations.

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