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Posted by on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:36pm.

Propose a method for determining the specific heat for a metal like sodium, which reacts with water.

  • Chemistry - , Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:37pm

    Answered below.

  • Chemistry - , Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:40pm

    What would the method be, though?

  • Chemistry - , Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:41pm

    Same as any calorimetry method except use some liquid that will not react with water (and of course one for which you know the specific heat).

  • Chemistry - , Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:44pm

    Can you exlain more on your answer, I am not quite grasping what you are saying.

  • Chemistry - , Monday, October 15, 2007 at 9:08pm

    How do you determine the specific heat of a metal. You heat it to a specified temperature, transfer it to water at a known T and measure the rise in T of the water. Could you enclose the Na metal in a non-reactive metal container (one which you have already measured the mass and specific heat), then heat the whole thing up, place it in the water bath, and measure the rise in T of the surrounding water. This isn't quite what I had in mind when I first asnwered but check my thinking on this.

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