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Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in General Science | 0 comments

Chemical Calorimetry

In this video step-a by-step description is given of a bomb calorimeter that is used to measure the internal energy of a sample.  If you burn as sample completely and measure the heat that evolves, you can find the thermodynamic internal energy.  Recall that internal energy is a state function and does not depend upon how the sample is burned.  Therefore if you burn a sample in a bomb calorimeter, say some cookies, the energy you measure is the same as released when you eat the cookie.

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