SAT II Physics : Calculating Heat and Temperature

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II Physics

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Thermodynamics

A disc of copper is dropped into a  glass of water. If the copper was at  and the water was at , what is the new temperature of the mixture?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:


The relationship between mass and temperature, when two masses are mixed together, is:

Using the given values for the mass and specific heat of each compound, we can solve for the final temperature.

We need to work to isolate the final temperature.

Distribute into the parenthesis using multiplication.

Combine like terms.

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