Posted by Mary on .
In exercising, a weight lifter loses 0.100 kg of water through evaporation, the heat required to evaporate the water coming from the weight lifter's body. The work done in lifting weights is 1.30 x 10^5 J.
(a) Assuming that the latent heat of vaporization of perspiration is 2.42 x 10^6 J/kg, find the change in the internal energy of the weight lifter.
(b) Determine the minimum number of nutritional calories of food (1 nutritional calorie = 4186 J) that must be consumed to replace the loss of internal energy.
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If mass of water lost =m and latent heat =L
then energy used to evaporate water is mL
If work done in lifting weights is W then the total energy used is mL+W
Assuming that this is the energy that needs to be replaced then the number of calories is (mL+W)/4186
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