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The purpose of this lab was to determine the specific heat of two different metals In order to do this specific directions were executed in order to discover the specific heat First we needed to obtain and record the weight of the Styrofoam calorimeter cup Next we filled the cup 23 full with cool tap water and recorded the temperature of the water After this was done we filled a glass beaker half full with water and placed it on a hot plate in order to have the water reach boiling point When boiling point was reached the temperature was then taken and also recorded Next we obtained two different pieces of metal my group had lead and copper weighed them recorded the weight and placed them in the boiling water for a minute The metal was then placed in the calorimeter cup until the temperature reached equilibrium This temperature was then recorded This experiment was performed two times for each of the metals By using the Heat Loss Heat Gained formula the recorded information was then used to find the specific heat of the metalsThrough the course of this lab our group realized that the specific heat correlated with the rate the metal reached equilibrium The faster the metal reached equilibrium the lower the specific heat thereby having an inverse relationship We also realized that in order to have accurate results the metal must be left in the boiling water long enough to reach the same temperature of the water Along with this the temperatures and the weights must be accurately measured If not correctly done the results may not be correct Finally it is important to be extremely careful in this lab Because of an unexplained phenomenon our groups beaker shatters spilling water all over the counter close to electrical outlets This also may have caused our results on the final experiment to be offMass of calorimeter cup and water-7257gFinal temp of
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