If 65.34g piece of tin were to lose 754 Joules of energy in a calorimeter while experiencing a temperature change from 23.9 degrees C to 22.0 degrees C, how would you find its specific heat?
The values you provided are way off.
SIDE NOTE First thing first, the values you provided are very inaccurate. Using these values will produce an impossible result for the specific heat of tin, approximately
WIth this being said, I will assume that the piece of tin lost
The question wants you to determine tin's specific heat.
Before doing any calculation, try to get a clear understanding of what you need to determine.
A substance's specific heat tells you the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of
In your case, a mroe accurate description would sound like this - the amount of heat that must be lost by
The equation that establishes a relationship between heat lost and change in temperature looks like this
#color(blue)(-q = m * c * DeltaT)" "#, where
The trick here is to realize that when heat is being lost by the system,
#q = -"75.4 J"#
Since you have all the information you need to find the specific heat of tin, plug in your values in the above equation and solve for
#c = (-q)/(m * DeltaT)#
#c = (-(-"75.4 J"))/("65.34 g" * (22.0 - 23.9)^@"C") = color(green)(0.607"J"/("g" ""^@"C"))#
The actual specific heat of tin is