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Calorimeter for Measuring Enthalpy Change of Combustion

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Learn and familiarise yourself with the appearance of a basic calorimeter, make adjustments to optimise the experiment, and explore the mathematical relationship between enthalpy change and temperature change.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic design and function of a calorimeter
  • Adjust parameters to optimize the experiment and view feedback
  • Investigate the relationship between enthalpy change and temperature change
  • Learn the importance of equipment and safety considerations when using a calorimeter for combustion
  • Explore the mathematical relationship between heat and chemical reactions
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • Where to position the flame in relation to the container to ensure efficient heating
  • Why placing a lid on the container improves the efficiency of heating
  • How the mass of the container can affect the transfer of heat

Obtaining and Recording Data

  • What is an appropriate amount of time to heat the water to achieve the temperature change
  • How the volume of water in the container affects the speed of heating

Working in a Safe Manner

  • What makes a suitable material for the container

Concepts Principles and Theories

  • What equation is used to calculate enthalpy change

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