# A 400W immersion heater is placed in a pot containing 2 litres of water at20C.(a)How long will it take to bring the water to boiling temperature, assuming that 80% of the available energy is...

A 400W immersion heater is placed in a pot containing 2 litres of water at20C.(a)How long will it take to bring the water to boiling temperature, assuming that 80% of the available energy is absorbed by the water?(b)How much longer will it take to boil half the water away?

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Let's assume that the time taken to heat water upto boliing temperature (100 C) is `t_1` .

The specific heat capacity of water can be assumed as constant through out the whole temperature range and it is 4.187 kJ/kg.K and latent heat of evaporation is 2270 kJ/kg. Density of water also assumed to be 1000 kg/m^3 throughout the temperature range.

Then if only 80% of heat from heater is absorbed.

`0.8 xx400 W xx t_1 = 2 xx 10^(-3) m^3 xx 1000 kgm^(-3) xx 4187 J/(kgK) xx (100 -20) K`

`t_1 = 2093.5 ` seconds.

The time taken to heat water upto boling temperature is 2093.5 seconds (34.89 minutes).

If the time taken to boil away half of water from `t_1` is `t_2` , then,

`0.8 xx 400 W xx t_2 = 1/2 xx 2 xx 10^(-3) m^3 xx 1000 kgm^(-3) xx 2270 xx 10^3 J/(kg)`

`t_2 = 7093.75` seconds

Therefore total time taken to boil away half of water is, T,

`T = t_1 + t_2 = 2093.5 + 7093.75 = 9187.25` seconds.

or 2 hours and 33 minutes.

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