What is the energy released by 20 grams of 100°C steam that condenses and then cools to 0°C?
The energy released came from two discrete processes:
- the steam condenses to release some latent heat of condensation at
- the water cools down to
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The amount of energy released in the first process is dependent on the
On the other hand, the amount of energy released in the second process depends on both the specific heat of water, the mass of the sample, and the magnitude of the change in temperature.
Taking the sum of the energy change of the two processes gives the total amount of energy released: