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What is a calorimeter?

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2012-01-19 09:15:48


A calorimeter is a device used for calorimetry, the science

of measuring the heat of chemical reactions or physical changes as

well as heat capacity. The word calorimeter is derived from

the Latin word calore, meaning heat. Differential scanning

calorimeters, isothermal microcalorimeters, titration calorimeters

and accelerated rate calorimeters are among the most common types.

A simple calorimeter just consists of a thermometer attached to a

metal container full of water suspended above a combustion

chamber.


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