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What is the definition of temperature?

(T) Related to the average kinetic energy of the particles of a substance. Temperature is the way that we scale how hot or cold something is.


What are the different scaes used to measure temperature?

Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin


What is thermal energy?

Or Enthalpy is the average kinetic energy of the particle in a substance


How do you calculate total thermal energy content?

Must know how much substance is present


When a substance's thermal energy increases, what happens?

It's temperature also increases


Does something that is hot always have greater thermal energy? Why?

No, it depends on the amount of substance


How was the Kelvin scale determined?

Via the third law of thermodynamics, which elucidated that there is a finite limit to temperature below which nothing exist. There can be no temperature below 0 K because, by definition the system is said to be unable to lose any more heat energy.


What is the definition of heat?

(Q) is the transfer of energy from one substance to another as a result of their differences in temperature.


What does the zeroth law of thermodynamics imply?

Objects are in thermal equilibirum only when their temperatures are equal.


Heat is a process function or a state function?

Process function


What does the 1st law of thermodynamics state?

The change in the total internal energy (/\U) of a system is equal to the amount of heat (Q) transfered to the system minus the amount of work (W) done by the system: /\U= Q-W


Why can you assess the transfer of heat through any process regardless of work done?

Because the heat and work are measured independently


What units are used to measure heat?

The unit of energy: Joule (J) or calorie (cal)


What is the conversion of 1 cal to joules?

1 cal= 4.184 joules


What is equivalent to heat that is what the MCAT assumes on most thermodynamic problems?

Enthalpy (/\H) is equivalent to heat under constant pressure


When a substance goes through a endo or exothermic reaction, what also happns?

Heat energy will be exchanged between the system and the environment


What is calorimetry?

The process of measuring transferred heat


What are the two basic types of calorimetry?

Constant-pressure calorimetry
Constant-volume calorimetry


What equation is used to calculate the heat absorbed or released in a given process?

q = mc(/\T)


What do the letters represent in the heat absorption equation?

m: mass
c: the specific heat of the substance
/\T: Change in temperature (in celsius or kelvins)


What is specific heat?

The amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree celsius (or one Kelvin)


What is the specific heat of H2o (l)?

1 cal/gK


What is heat capacities?

The product mc (mass times specific heat)


What is an example of a constant pressure calorimeter?

An insulated container covered with a lid and filled with a solution in which a reaction or physical process, such as dissolution, is occurring. The incident pressure, which is atmospheric pressure, remains constant throughout the process, and the temperature can be measured as the reaction progresses. There should be sufficient thermal insulation (such as styrofoam) to ensure that the heat being measured is an accurate representation of the reaction, without gain or loss of heat to the environment.


What is another term for bomb calorimeter?

Decomposition vessel


Bomb calorimeter is used in what type of calorimetry?

Constant-volume calorimetry


How are constant-volume calorimetry reactions done?

A sample of matter is placed in the steel decomposition vessel, which is then filled with almost pure oxygen gas. The decomposition vessel is then placed in an insulated container holding a known mass of water. the contents of the decomposition vessel are ignited by an electric ignition mechanism, the materal combusts in the presence of the oxygen, and the heat that evolves is the heat of the combustion reaction.


Why is no work done in constant-volume calorimetry?

Because W=P(/\V), no work is done in an isovolumetric process.


Why can constant-volume be considered isolated from the rest of the world?

Because of the insulation.


What would be identified as the whole system in a constant-volume calorimetry?

The system is the sample plus the oxygen and steel vessel, and the surroundings is the water.