Problem: A kilogram of aluminum metal and a kilogram of water are each warmed to 75 °C and placed in two identical insulated containers. One hour later, the two containers are opened and the temperature of each substance is measured. The aluminum has cooled to 35 °C while the water has cooled only to 66 °C. Explain this difference.

FREE Expert Solution
87% (146 ratings)
FREE Expert Solution

To answer this problem, let's determine and compare the specific heat capacity (c) of aluminum metal and water.

87% (146 ratings)
Problem Details

A kilogram of aluminum metal and a kilogram of water are each warmed to 75 °C and placed in two identical insulated containers. One hour later, the two containers are opened and the temperature of each substance is measured. The aluminum has cooled to 35 °C while the water has cooled only to 66 °C. Explain this difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?

Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Heat Capacity concept. You can view video lessons to learn Heat Capacity Or if you need more Heat Capacity practice, you can also practice Heat Capacity practice problems .

How long does this problem take to solve?

Our expert Chemistry tutor, Dasha took 4 minutes to solve this problem. You can follow their steps in the video explanation above.

What textbook is this problem found in?

Our data indicates that this problem or a close variation was asked in . You can also practice practice problems .