A copper block of mass 2.5 kg is heated in a furnace to a temperature of 500 °C and then placed on a large ice block. What is the maximum amount of ice that can melt? | Learn NCERT solution | Education portal Class 11 Physics | Study online Unit-11 Thermal Properties of Matter



Q.13:- A copper block of mass 2.5 kg is heated in a furnace to a temperature of 500 °C and then placed on a large ice block. What is the maximum amount of ice that can melt? (Specific heat of copper = 0.39 J g–1 K–1; heat of fusion of water = 335 J g–1).

 

 

Answer:-



Mass of the copper block, m = 2.5 kg = 2500 g
Rise in the temperature of the copper block, Δθ = 500°C
Specific heat of copper, C = 0.39 J g–1 °C–1
Heat of fusion of water, L = 335 J g–1
The maximum heat the copper block can lose, Q = mCΔθ
= 2500 × 0.39 × 500
= 487500 J
Let m1 g be the amount of ice that melts when the copper block is placed on the ice block.
The heat gained by the melted ice, Q = m1L
m1 = Q / L  =  487500 / 335  =  1455.22 g
Hence, the maximum amount of ice that can melt is 1.45 kg.