Problem: The combustion of 0.1584 g benzoic acid increases the temperature of a bomb calorimeter by 2.54°C. Calculate the heat capacity of this calorimeter. (The energy released by combustion of benzoic acid is 26.42 kJ/g.) A 0.2130-g sample of vanillin (C8H8O3) is then burned in the same calorimeter, and the temperature increases by 3.25°C. What is the energy of combustion per gram of vanillin? Per mole of vanillin?

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Part A


Step 1

q = 0.1584 g × 26.42 kJg

q = 4.1849 J


Step 2

q = CcalTCcal =qTCcal =4.1849 kJ2.54 °C


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The combustion of 0.1584 g benzoic acid increases the temperature of a bomb calorimeter by 2.54°C. Calculate the heat capacity of this calorimeter. (The energy released by combustion of benzoic acid is 26.42 kJ/g.) A 0.2130-g sample of vanillin (C8H8O3) is then burned in the same calorimeter, and the temperature increases by 3.25°C. What is the energy of combustion per gram of vanillin? Per mole of vanillin?

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