Calorie: the amount of heat (energy) required to raise the temperature of 1 g of water by 1 degree celsius (kevin).
Joule's experiment: The transfter of mechanical energy into heat.
1 calorie = 4.186 joules
Q = cmDT
The constant c is called the specific heat.
Rewrite this equation as
c = Q/(mDT)
It becomes obvious that Specific heat is the amount of heat (energy) required to raise the temperature of an unit mass of a certain substance by an unit temperature interval. It has a dimension of Energy/(Mass·Temperature), which can be cal/(g·ºC), J/(kg·ºC), or some other variation.
Q < 0 if DT < 0
The physical meaning is that an object releases heat (energy) as its
temperature drops. We are using the convention that the amount of heat
absorbed by the object is positive, the amount of heat released is correspondingly
DE = 0
Ef = Ei
for an isolated system.
Mixture type of problem
From the conservation of energy, we can measure the specific heat of one substance by mixing it with another substance of known specific heat.
Specifically, we need to measure the masses and the initial temperatures of both substances, and the final temperature after the mixing.
DE = DEx + DEw = cxmx(T-Txi) + cwmw(T-Twi) = 0
(the LHS as the total change of energy), or
-DEx = cxmx(Txi-T) = DEw = cwmw(T-Twi)
cx = cwmw(T-Twi)/[mx(Txi-T)]
If you do not know the specific heat of the other substance, this procedure still allows you to determine the ratio of the two specific heat.
cx/cw = mw(T-Twi)/[mx(Txi-T)]
Example 11.2. is a specific example.
Under a fixed pressure, a phase transition occurs at a specific temperature which is called the transition temperature. Temperature does not change during a phase transition, what changes is the internal arrangement of atoms and molecules.
Latent heat: the amount of heat (energy) required to change the phase of an unit mass of a substance.
This definition makes sense because the amount of heat (energy) required to change the phase of an object should obviously be proportional to the mass of the object:
Q = mL
The constant of proportionality is what we defined as the latent heat and is given by
L = Q/m
It has a dimension of Energy/Mass, which can be cal/g, J/kg, or some other variation.
Heat (energy) is required to melt a substance (solid to liquid phase transition). The corresponding latent heat is called the latent heat of fusion. When a substance solidifies, it releases heat.
Heat (energy) is required to vaporize a substance (liquid to gas phase transition). The corresponding latent heat is called the latent heat of vaporization. A substance releases heat when it condenses into liquid.
We need an amount of steam which, during its process of becoming water at 50 ºC, releases sufficient heat (energy) to raise the temperature of both the water and the glass to 50 ºC.
In Heat conduction, thermal energy is transferred through the interactions between atoms, molecules, and electrons. The heated substance itself does not move, but the energy is passed on through interactions.
The conductive heat transfer is described by the equation:
H = Q/Dt = kA[(T2-T1)/L]
Putting it in words:
The amount of heat transfer through a cross section per unit time is proportional to the area of the cross section (quite obviously) and the temperature gradient (T2-T1)/L. The constant of proportion is called the thermal conductivity.
Note that what matters here is how fast the temperature changes. A thicker
wall is better than a thinner wall, as far as heat insulation is concerned.
Dense substances such as metal are usually good heat conductors. Dilute substances such as air are poor heat conductors.
A good heat conductor feels colder (or hotter) than a poor heat conductor
at the same temperature because it transfers heat more quickly.
Natural Convection: The heated substance expands, becomes less dense and rises.
Forced Convection: The motion is forced (by a fan for example).
An object at any finite temperature is constantly emitting and absorbing radiation. The rate at which an object emits radiant energy is proportional to the fourth power of its absolute temperature. This is known as the Stefan's law
P = sAeT4
Pnet = sAe(T4-T04)
because the object also absorbs energy from its environment.
Radiation is the only way an object can gain or loose heat (energy)
if it is surrounded by a vaccum (assuming it is not emitting other particles).
An object eventually reaches thermal equilibrium (through heat transfer
mechanisms we are looking at) with its environment if it does not have
any source (or sink) of energy. Warm house in the winter and cool house
in the summer both require energy to maintain (you would have a stronger
impression of this if you are paying the electric or gas bills)
Cooling of a cup of coffee:
A complex combination of these mechanisms +
Cooling by evaporation (which is what makes the observation of Bose-Einstein condenstion in a dilute atomic vapor possible).