Problem: Explain the difference between a coffee-cup calorimeter and a bomb calorimeter.

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In this problem, we are asked to determine the difference between a coffee-cup calorimeter and a bomb calorimeter.


Recall that a calorimeter is a device used to measure the heat flow of a chemical reaction or physical change

  • The process of measuring this heat is called calorimetry
  • A basic calorimeter consists of a metal container of water above a combustion chamber, in which a thermometer is used to measure the change in water temperature. However, there are many types of more complex calorimeters.
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Explain the difference between a coffee-cup calorimeter and a bomb calorimeter.

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