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How many joules of heat are required to melt 40 kg of ice at 0 dg C?

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2011-09-28 01:45:18

In order to answer this question, you need the enthalpy of

fusion of ice, which is 333.55 J/g (Joules/gram). The enthalpy of

fusion is the amount of heat that must be absorbed or lost in order

to change physical state.

The number of Joules required to melt the ice = enthalpy of

fusion of ice x mass of ice.

1 kg = 1000g

40kg x (1000g/1kg) = 40,000g

Joules needed to melt the ice = 333.55 J/g x 40000 g = 13342000

J or

1.3342 x 107 J

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