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Why would you subtract the heat capacity of the calorimeter when calculating the heat of the reaction?

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    In an enthalpy experiment
    total heat = (mass H2O x specific heat H2O x delta T) + Ccal x (delta T)
    I may misunderstand the question but I don't think you subtract the heat capacity of the calorimeter.

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    I think that the question is saying why you do subtraction in the equation Qrxn=-Qcal-Qsoln

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