How can I measure when a solid releases the greatest amount of heat per mole?

1 Answer | Add Yours

ndnordic's profile pic

ndnordic | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted on

You can use calorimetry. This is a process in which a substance is added to water which is in a well insulated container. A thermometer is placed in the water and when the substance is added the temperature change is recorded over a period of time. By graphing the change in temperature (on the y-axis) vs. time (on the x-axis) you can see if the temperature is linear over time ( meaning the change in temperature is about equal for each time interval you measure) or non-linear. If it is non-linear you may see a large change initially and then a leveling out of the temperature over time.

We’ve answered 318,957 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question