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The energy associated with configuration and random motion of the atoms and molecules with in a body is called internal energy and the part of this internal energy which is transferred from one body to the other due to temperature difference is called heat.

  • As it is a type of energy, it is a
  • Dimension : [ML2T -2 ] .
  • Units : Joule (S.I.) and calorie (Practical unit)

One calorie is defined as the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one gm of water through 1°C (more specifically from 14.5oC to 15.5°C).

  • As heat is a form of energy it can be transformed into others and vice-versa.

e.g. Thermocouple converts heat energy into electrical energy, resistor converts electrical energy into heat energy. Friction converts mechanical energy into heat energy. Heat engine converts heat energy into mechanical energy.

Here it is important that whole of mechanical energy i.e. work can be converted into heat but whole of heat can never be converted into work.

  • When mechanical energy (work) is converted into heat, the ratio of work done (W) to heat produced (Q) always remains the same and constant, represented by J.


W = J Q

or      W = JQ


J is called mechanical equivalent of heat and has value 4.2 J/cal. J is not a physical quantity but a conversion factor which merely express the equivalence between Joule and calories.

1 calorie = 4.186 Joule ≃ 4.12 Joule

  • Work is the transfer of mechanical energy irrespective of temperature difference, whereas heat is the transfer of thermal energy because of temperature difference
  • Generally, the temperature of a body rises when heat is supplied to it. However the following two situations are also found to
  • When heat is supplied to a body either at its melting point or boiling point, the temperature of the body does not In this situation, heat supplied to the body is used up in changing its state.
  • When the liquid in a thermos flask is vigorously shaken or gas in a cylinder is suddenly compressed, the temperature of liquid or gas gets raised even without supplying In this situation, work done on the system becomes a source of heat energy.
  • The heat lost or gained by a system depends not only on the initial and final states, but also on the path taken up by the process e. heat is a path dependent and is taken to be positive if the system absorbs it and negative if releases it.





Temperature is defined as the degree of hotness or coldness of a body. The natural flow of heat is from higher temperature to lower temperature.

Two bodies are said to be in thermal equilibrium with each other, when no heat flows from one body to the other. That is when both the bodies are at the same temperature.

  • Temperature is one of the seven fundamental quantities with dimension [q ].
  • It is a scalar physical quantity with I. unit kelvin.
  • When heat is given to a body and its state does not change, the temperature of the body rises and if heat is taken from a body its temperature falls e. temperature can be regarded as the effect of cause “heat”.
  • According to kinetic theory of gases, temperature (macroscopic physical quantity) is a measure of average translational kinetic energy of a molecule (microscopic physical quantity).



Temperature µ kinetic energy

éAs E = 3 RT ù



ëê          2     úû


  • Although the temperature of a body can to be raised without limit, it cannot be lowered without limit and theoretically limiting low temperature is taken to be zero of the kelvin
  • Highest possible temperature achieved in laboratory is about 108K while lowest possible temperature attained is 10–8 K.
  • Branch of physics dealing with production and measurement of temperatures close to 0K is known as cryogenics while that dealing with the measurement of very high temperature is called as
  • Temperature of the core of the sun is 107 K while that of its surface is 6000 K.
  • Normal temperature of human body is 15 K (37°C = 98.6°F).
  • NTP or STP implies 15K (0°C = 32°F)



Scales of Temperature.

The Kelvin temperature scale is also known as thermodynamic scale. The S.I. unit of temperature is kelvin and is defined as (1/273.16) of the temperature of the triple point of water. The triple point of water is that point on a P-T diagram where the three phases of water, the solid, the liquid and the gas, can coexist in equilibrium.

In addition to kelvin temperature scale, there are other temperature scales also like Celsius, Fahrenheit, Reaumer, Rankine etc.

To construct a scale of temperature, two fixed points are taken. First fixed point is the freezing point of water, it is called lower fixed point. The second fixed point is the boiling point of water, it is called upper fixed point.







Name of the scaleSymbol for each degreeLower fixed point (LFP)Upper fixed point (UFP)Number of divisions on the scale
Rankine°Ra460 Ra672 Ra212
KelvinK273.15 K373.15 K100


Temperature on one scale can be converted into other scale by using the following identity.

  Reading on any scale Lower fixed point (LFP) = Constant for all scales Upper fixed point (UFP) – Lower fixed point (LFP)

C 0  F 32  =         K 273.15    = R 0 = Ra 460

100     212 – 32    373.15 – 273.15      80 – 0    672 – 460

or          CF 32K 273RRa 460

5       9           5        4       10.6




An instrument used to measure the temperature of a body is called a thermometer.

The linear variation in some physical property of a substance with change of temperature is the basic principle of thermometry and these properties are defined as thermometric property (x) of the substance.

x may be (i) Length of liquid in capillary

  • Pressure of gas at constant
  • Volume of gas at constant
  • Resistance of a given platinum wire.

In old thermometry, two arbitrarily fixed points ice and steam point (freezing point and boiling point at 1 atm) are taken to define the temperature scale. In celsius scale freezing point of water is assumed to be 0°C while boiling point 100°C and the temperature interval between these is divided into 100 equal parts.

So if the thermometric property at temperature 0°C, 100°C and Tc°C is x0, x100 and x respectively then by linear variation (y = mx + c) we can say that


0 = ax0 + b


100 = ax100 + b


Tc   = ax + b




From these equations

Tc – 0 =

100 – 0

x x0

x100 – x0



\             Tc

=    x x0

x100 – x0

´ 100°centigrade




In modern thermometry instead of two fixed points only one reference point is chosen (triple point of water

273.16 K at which ice, water and water vapours co-exist) the other is itself 0 K where the value of thermometric property is assumed to be zero.

So if the value of thermometric property at 0 K, 273.16 K and TK K is 0, xTr and x respectively then by linear variation (y = mx + c) we can say that


0 = a ´ 0 + b


273.16 = a ´ x      + b




TK   = a ´ x + b




From these equation



= x xTr


\             T   = 273.16é x ù kelvin







ê      ú

ë Tr û



A thermometer is an instrument used to measure the temperature of a body. It works by absorbing some heat from the body, so the temperature recorded by it is lesser than the actual value unless the body is at constant temperature. Some common types of thermometers are :

  • Liquid thermometers : In liquid thermometers mercury is preferred over other liquids as its expansion is large and uniform and it has high thermal conductivity and low specific


  • Range of temperature :

– 50°

(freezing point)

to  350°C

(boiling point)


  • Upper limit of range of mercury thermometer can be raised upto 550°C by filling nitrogen in space over mercury under pressure (which elevates boiling point of mercury).
  • Mercury thermometer with cylindrical bulbs are more sensitive than those with spherical bulbs.
  • If alcohol is used instead of mercury then range of temperature measurement becomes – 80°C to 350°C


  • Formula : Tc

l l0

l      l

´ 100°C


100       0

  • Gas thermometers : These are of two types

(i)  Constant pressure gas thermometers

  • Principle V µ TK (if P = constant)



  • Formula : T =

Vt V0

´ 100° centigrade

or T

= 273.16 V kelvin



  • V0





Constant volume gas thermometers

  • Principle P µ TK (if V = constant)



  • Formula : T =


´ 100°centigrade

or T

= 273.16 P kelvin



  • P0



  • Range of temperature : Hydrogen gas thermometer – 200 to 500°C

Nitrogen gas thermometer               – 200 to 1600°C Helium gas thermometer                 – 268 to 500°C




  • These are more sensitive and accurate than liquid thermometers as expansion of gases is more than that of
  • Resistance thermometers : Resistance of metals varies with temperature according to


R = R0(1 + aTc )

where a is the temperature coefficient of resistance.


Usually platinum is used in resistance thermometers due to high melting point and large value of a.



  • Formula : T =


´ 100°centigrade

or T

= 273.16 R kelvin



  • R0



  • Temperature range : Platinum resistance thermometer = – 200°C to 1200°C Germanium resistance thermometer = 4 to 77 K
  • Thermoelectric thermometers : These are based on “Seebeck effect” according to which when two distinct metals are joined to form a closed circuit called thermocouple and the difference in temperature is maintained between their junctions, an emf is The emf is called thermo-emf and if one junction is at



C, it varies with temperature as e = aTc + bT 2

where a and b are constants.


Temperature range : Copper-iron thermocouple                       0°C to 260°C Iron-constantan thermocouple                  0°C to 800°C

Tungsten-molybdenum thermocouple  2000oC to 3000°C

  • Pyrometers : These are the devices used to measure the temperature by measuring the intensity of radiations received from the They are based on the fact that the amount of radiations emitted from a body per unit area per second is directly proportional to the fourth power of temperature (Stefan’s law).
  • These can be used to measure temperatures ranging from 800°C to 4000°C.
  • They cannot measure temperature below 800°C because the amount of radiations is too small to be
  • Vapour pressure thermometer : These are used to measure very low temperatures. They are based on the fact that saturated vapour pressure P of a liquid depends on the temperature according to the relation


log P = a + bT

+ c  






The range of these thermometers varies from 120 K to 0.71 K for different liquid vapours.

Problem 1.        The graph AB shown in figure is a plot of temperature of a body in degree celsius and degree Fahrenheit.




  • Slope of line AB is 9/5
  • Slope of line AB is 5/9
  • Slope of line AB is 1/9
  • Slope of line AB is 3/9


Solution : (b)     Relation between Celsius and Fahrenheit scale of temperature is



C F – 32



5         9






By rearranging we get, C =

5 F – 160



9         9


By equating above equation with standard equation of line y = mx + c

we get m = 5


and c = -160



i.e. Slope of the line AB is 5 .


Problem 2.        The freezing point on a thermometer is marked as 20° and the boiling point at as 150°. A temperature of 60°C on this thermometer will be read as

(a) 40°                             (b) 65°                            (c) 98°                         (d) 110°


Solution : (c)      Temperature on any scale can be converted into other scale by


= Constant for all scales


\      X – 20° 150° – 20°

=     C – 0° 100° – 0o

Þ X =

C ´ 130° + 20° 100°

= 60° ´ 130° + 20° = 98° 100°


Problem 3.    A thermometer is graduated in mm. It registers – 3mm when the bulb of thermometer is in pure melting ice and 22mm when the thermometer is in steam at a pressure of one atm. The temperature in °C when the thermometer registers 13mm is



13 ´ 100



16 ´ 100



13 ´ 100



16 ´ 100



Solution : (b)     For a constant volume gas thermometer temperature in °centigrade is given as


T   =     P P0

´ 100°C Þ T   = 13  (3) ´ 100°C = 16 ´ 100


c       P100 – P0

c       22 – (-3)                   25


Problem 4.        The temperature coefficient of resistance of a wire is 0.00125 per °C. At 300K its resistance is 1W. The resistance of wire will be 2W at

(a) 1154K                                (b) 1100K                                (c) 1400K                            (d) 1127K


Solution : (d)     Resistance of wire varies with temperature as R = R0 (1 + aTc )

where a is temperature coefficient of resistance


Þ R27 = R0 (1 + 27a ) = 1 Þ T = 1 + 54a = 1 + 54 ´ 0.00125 = 854°C



R0 (1 + aTc )       2         c             a



\     TK

= (854 + 273) = 1127K

= 1127 K.



Thermal Expansion.

When matter is heated without any change in state, it usually expands. According to atomic theory of matter, a symmetry in potential energy curve is responsible for thermal expansion. As with rise in temperature the amplitude of vibration and hence energy of atoms increases, hence the average distance between the atoms increases. So the matter as a whole expands.

  • Thermal expansion is minimum in case of solids but maximum in case of gases because intermolecular force is maximum in solids but minimum in
  • Solids can expand in one dimension (linear expansion), two dimension (superficial expansion) and three dimension (volume expansion) while liquids and gases usually suffers change in volume
  • The coefficient of linear expansion of the material of a solid is defined as the increase in its length per unit length per unit rise in its

a DL ´ 1

L       DT






Similarly the coefficient of superficial expansion

b DA ´ 1


and coefficient of volume expansion g = DV ´ 1

V        DT

A       DT


The value of a, b and g depends upon the nature of material. All have dimension [q 1 ] and unit per °C.


(4) As a = DL ´ 1 ,

b DA ´ 1


g DV ´ 1


L       DT

A       DT

V       DT


\         DL = LaDT ,





Final length Final area Final volume

L¢ = L + DL = L(1 + aDT) A¢ = A + DA = A(1 + bDT) V ¢ = V + DV = V(1 + gDT)





  • If L is the side of square plate and it is heated by temperature DT, then its side becomes L’.


The initial surface area


A = L2

æ L¢ ö 2

and final surface

æ L(1 + aDT) ö 2

A¢ = L¢2


\                               = ç

÷   = ç

÷ = (1 + aDT)2 = (1 + 2aDT)

[Using Binomial theorem]


A      è L ø      è        L          ø

or                    A¢ = A(1 + 2aDT)

Comparing with equation (ii) we get b = 2a

V ¢    æ L¢ ö3    æ L(1 + a DT) ö3


Similarly for volumetric expansion

= ç    ÷ = ç

÷ = (1 + a DT)3 = (1 + 3a DT) [Using Binomial theorem]



or                    V ¢ = V(1 + g DT)

è L ø     è        L          ø


Comparing with equation (iii), we get g = 3a

So                   a : b : g = 1 : 2 : 3

  • Hence for the same rise in temperature

Percentage change in area = 2 ´ percentage change in length. Percentage change in volume = 3 ´ percentage change in length.

  • The three coefficients of expansion are not constant for a given Their values depends on the

temperature range in which they are measured.

  • The values of a, b, g are independent of the units of length, area and volume respectively.


  • For anisotropic solids

g = a x + a y + a z

where ax, ay, and az represent the mean coefficients of linear


expansion along three mutually perpendicular directions.


Materiala[K–1 or (°C)–1]g[K–1 or (°C)–1]
Steel1.2 ´ 10–53.6 ´ 10–5
Copper1.7 ´ 10–55.1 ´ 10–5
Brass2.0 ´ 10–56.0 ´ 10–5
Aluminium2.4 ´ 10–57.2 ´ 10–5




Variation of Density With Temperature.


Most substances expand when they are heated, i.e., volume of a given mass of a substance increases on heating, so the density should decrease æ as r µ 1 ö .

ç               ÷

è               ø


r = m         or


r µ 1


\ r ¢ = V =

r      V ¢


V + DV

=        V

V + gVDT

=      1         (For a given mass)

1 + gDT


or r ¢ =



1 + gDT

= r (1 + g DT)-1 = r (1 – g DT)

[As g is small \ using Binomial theorem]


\ r‘ = r (1 – g DT)

Problem 5.        The design of a physical instrument requires that there be a constant difference in length of 10 cm between an


iron rod and a copper cylinder laid side by side at all temperatures. If

acu = 17 ´ 106 °C1 , their lengths are

a Fe = 11´ 106° C1



(a) 28.3 cm, 18.3 cm             (b) 23.8 cm, 13.8 cm            (c) 23.9 cm, 13.9 cm        (d) 27.5 cm, 17.5 cm Solution : (a)                  Since a constant difference in length of 10 cm between an iron rod and a copper cylinder is required therefore



or     DLFe  – DLCu  = O \

LFe  LCu   = 10cm




i.e., Linear expansion of iron rod = Linear expansion of copper cylinder



  • aFe
  • DT = LCu
  • aCu

´ DT Þ


a Cu

a Fe

17 \







From (i) and (ii)


= 28.3cm, LCu   = 18.3cm .


Problem 6.        Two rods of length L2

and coefficient of linear expansion a 2 are connected freely to a third rod of length L1


of coefficient of linear expansion a1

to form an isosceles triangle. The arrangement is supported on the knife


edge at the midpoint of

L1 which is horizontal. The apex of the isosceles triangle is to remain at a constant


distance from the knife edge if




 L1 = a2


 L1 =


 L1 = 2 a2


 L1 = 2


L2      a1                                     L2                                                L2         a1                              L2

Solution : (d)     The apex of the isosceles triangle to remain at a constant distance from the knife edge DC should remains constant before and after heating.

æ L ö 2


Before expansion : In triangle ADC    (DC)2 = L2 – ç   1 ÷




2     ç       ÷

è       ø

2                       2    é L1             ù 2


After expansion : (DC)

= [L2 (1 + a 2 t)] – ê 2 (1 + a1t




æ L ö 2



é L                    ù 2


Equating (i) and (ii) we get L2 – ç 1 ÷ = [L

(1 + a t)]2 1 (1 + a t)


2   è 2 ø

2            2             ê              1   ú

ë                 û


2      L2         2         2

L2      L2


Þ L2 –   1 = L2 + L2 ´ 2a 2 ´ t   1  1 ´ 2a1 ´ t

[Neglecting higher terms]


4                                   4      4

L2                2                L1

Þ    1 (2a1t) = L2 (2a 2t) Þ                = 2


4                                    2




Problem 7.        A iron rod of length 50 cm is joined at an end to an aluminium rod of length 100 cm. All measurements refer


to 20°C. The coefficients of linear expansion of iron and aluminium are respectively. The average coefficient of composite system is

12 ´ 106/ °C


24 ´ 106/ °C



36 ´ 106/ °C


12 ´ 106/ °C


20 ´ 106/ °C


48 ´ 106/ °C


Solution : (c)      Initially (at 20oC) length of composite system L = 50 + 100 = 150 cm

Length of iron rod at 100°C = 50 [1 + 12 ´ 10 6 ´ (100 – 20)] = 50.048 cm

Length of aluminum rod at 100°C = 100 [1 + 24 ´ 10 6 ´ (100 – 20)] = 100.192 cm Finally (at 100oC) length of composite system L‘ = 50.048 + 100.192 = 150.24 cm Change in length of the composite system DL = L‘ – L = 150.24 –150 = 0.24 cm


\ Average coefficient of expansion at 100oC

a =     DL     =




150 ´ (100 – 20)

= 20 ´ 10 6 / °C


Problem 8. A brass rod and lead rod each 80 cm long at 0°C are clamped together at one end with their free ends coinciding. The separation of free ends of the rods if the system is placed in a steam bath is (abrass = 18 ´ 106/ °C and alead = 28 ´ 106/ °C)

(a) 0.2 mm                              (b) 0.8 mm                              (c) 1.4 mm                          (d) 1.6 mm Solution : (b) The Brass rod and the lead rod will suffer expansion when placed in steam bath.


\ Length of brass rod at 100°C




(1 + a


  1. DT) = 80[1 + 18 ´ 10 6 ´ 100]


and the length of lead rod at 100°C




(1 + a


  1. DT) = 80[1 + 28 ´ 10 6 ´ 100]



Separation of free ends of the rods after heating = L

–  L


= 80[28 – 18] ´ 10 4 = 8 ´ 10 2 cm = 0.8mm


Problem 9.        The coefficient of apparent expansion of a liquid in a copper vessel is C and in a silver vessel S. The coefficient of volume expansion of copper is g C . What is the coefficient of linear expansion of silver



(C + g C + S) / 3


(Cg C + S) / 3


(C + g CS) / 3


(Cg CS) / 3


Solution : (c)     Apparent coefficient of volume expansion for liquid g app = g Lg s                  \ g L = g app + g s

where gs is coefficient of volume expansion for solid vessel.

When liquid is placed in copper vessel then gL = C + gcopper ….(i) [As gapp. for liquid in copper vessel = C] When liquid is placed in silver vessel then gL = S + gsilver                                              ….(ii) [As gapp. for liquid in silver vessel = S] From equation (i) and (ii) we get                C + gcopper = S + gsilver

\                             g silver C g copper – S

Coefficient of volume expansion = 3 × Coefficient of linear expansion


Þ            a silver

g silver


C g copper – S



Problem 10.     A uniform solid brass sphere is rotating with angular speed w 0

about a diameter. If its temperature is now


increased by 100°C. What will be its new angular speed. (Given aB = 2.0 ´ 105 per°C )



1.1w 0


1.01w 0




0.824w 0


Solution : (c)      Due to increase in temperature, radius of the sphere changes.

Let R0 and R100 are radius of sphere at 0oC and 100oC R100 = R0 [1 + a ´ 100]


Squaring both the sides and neglecting higher terms R 2            = R 2[1 + 2a ´ 100]




By the law of conservation of angular momentum I1w1 = I 2w 2


Þ 2 MR 2w   = 2 MR 2 w


Þ R 2w = R 2[1 + 2 ´ 2 ´ 10 5 ´ 100]w


5      0   1      5

100   2

0   1         0                                               2



Þ w 2

=            w1

[1 + 4 ´ 10 3 ]

w 0


= 0.996w 0



Expansion of Liquid.

Liquids also expand on heating just like solids. Since liquids have no shape of their own, they suffer only volume expansion. If the liquid of volume V is heated and its temperature is raised by Dq then


= V(1 + g LDq )            [gL = coefficient of real expansion or coefficient of volume expansion of liquid]

As liquid is always taken in a vessel for heating so if a liquid is heated, the vessel also gets heated and it also expands.


= V(1 + g SDq )            [gS = coefficient of volume expansion for solid vessel]

So the change in volume of liquid relative to vessel.



‘ – V 

= V[g L

g S

] Dq


DVapp = V g app Dq

[ g app = g L g S   =

Apparent coefficient of volume expansion for liquid]



g L > g Sg app > 0DVapp = positiveLevel of liquid in vessel will rise on heating.
g L < g S

g L = g S

g app < 0

g app = 0

DVapp = negative

DVapp = 0

Level of liquid in vessel will fall on heating.

level of liquid in vessel will remain same.


Effect of Temperature on Upthrust.

The thrust on V volume of a body in a liquid of density s is given by

Th = Vsg

Now with rise in temperature by Dq C°, due to expansion, volume of the body will increase while density of liquid will decrease according to the relations V ¢ = V(1 + g SDq ) and s ¢ = s /(1 + g L Dq )

So the thrust will become Th¢ = V ¢s ¢g

\                           Th¢ = V ¢s ¢g = (1 + g SDq )

Th        Vsg       (1 + g LDq )

and apparent weight of the body Wapp = Actual weight – Thrust

As g S < g L \ Th¢ < Th with rise in temperature thrust also decreases and apparent weight of body increases.


Anomalous Expansion of Water.

  • Generally matter expands on heating and contracts on cooling. In case of water, it expands on heating if its temperature is greater than 4°C. In the range 0°C to 4°C, water contracts on heating and expands on cooling, e. g is negative. This behaviour of water in the range from 0°C to 4°C is called anomalous expansion.




  • The anomalous behaviour of water arises due to the fact that water has three types of molecules, viz.,


H 2 O,(H 2 O)2


(H 2 O)3

having different volume per unit mass and at different temperatures their properties in


water are different.

  • At 4°C, density of water is maximum while its specific volume is

During winter when the water at the surface of a lake cools below 4°C by cool air, it expands and becomes lighter than water below. Therefore the water cooled below 4°C stays on the surface and freezes when the temperature of surroundings falls below

C. Thus the lake freezes first at the surface and water in contact with ice has temperature 0°C while at the bottom of the lake 4°C [as density of water at 4°C is maximum] and fish and other aquatic animals remain alive in this water.

Problem 11.     A glass flask of volume one litre at 0°C is filled, level full of mercury at this temperature. The flask and mercury are now heated to 100°C. How much mercury will spill out, if coefficient of volume expansion of mercury is

1.82 ´ 104 / °C and linear expansion of glass is 0.1 ´ 104 / °C respectively                    [MNR 1994; CEEE 1994]

(a) 21.2 cc                               (b) 15.2 cc                              (c) 1.52 cc                           (d) 2.12 cc

Solution : (c)      Due to volume expansion of both liquid and vessel, the change in volume of liquid relative to container is given by DV = V[g Lg S]Dq


Given V = 1000 cc, ag = 0.1×10–4C       \

g g = 3a g

= 3 ´ 0.1 ´ 10 4 / °C = 0.3 ´ 10 4 / °C


\ DV = 1000 [1.82 × 10–4 – 0.3 × 10–4] × 100 = 15.2 cc

Problem 12.     Liquid is filled in a flask up to a certain point. When the flask is heated, the level of the liquid

(a) Immediately starts increasing                                    (b) Initially falls and then rises

(c) Rises abruptly                                                      (d) Falls abruptly

Solution : (b)     Since both the liquid and the flask undergoes volume expansion and the flask expands first therefore the level of the liquid initially falls and then rises.

Problem 13.     The absolute coefficient of expansion of a liquid is 7 times that the volume coefficient of expansion of the vessel. Then the ratio of absolute and apparent expansion of the liquid is


(a) 1 7


7                              (c)


6                           (d) None of these



Solution : (b)     Apparent coefficient of Volume expansion gapp. = gLgs = 7 gsgs = 6gs           (given gL = 7 gs )

Ratio of absolute and apparent expansion of liquid g L  = 7g s = 7 .


g app.

Problem 14.     In cold countries, water pipes sometimes burst, because

6g s       6


  • Pipe contracts (b) Water expands on freezing

(c) When water freezes, pressure increases                       (d) When water freezes, it takes heat from pipes

Solution : (b)     In anomalous expansion, water contracts on heating and expands on cooling in the range 0°C to 4°C. Therefore water pipes sometimes burst, in cold countries.

Problem 15.     A solid whose volume does not change with temperature floats in a liquid. For two different temperatures t1



t 2 of the liquid, fractions

f1 and

f2 of the volume of the solid remain submerged in the liquid. The


coefficient of volume expansion of the liquid is equal to







f1 – f2 f2t1 – f1t2


f1 – f2 f1t1 – f2t2


f1 + f2 f2t1 + f1t2


f1 + f2 f1t1 + f2t2


Solution : (a)     As with the rise in temperature, the liquid undergoes volume expansion therefore the fraction of solid submerged in liquid increases.


Fraction of solid submerged at t1 °C = f1 = Volume of displaced liquid = V0 (1 + g t1 )

and fraction of solid submerged at t 2 °C = f2 = Volume of displaced liquid = V0 (1 + g t 2 )





From (i) and (ii)


Expansion of Gases.

f1 = 1 + gt1

f2      1 + gt2

Þ g =

f1 – f2 f2t1 – f1t2



Gases have no definite shape, therefore gases have only volume expansion. Since the expansion of container is negligible in comparison to the gases, therefore gases have only real expansion.

Coefficient of volume expansion : At constant pressure, the unit volume of a given mass of a gas, increases with 1°C rise of temperature, is called coefficient of volume expansion.


a DV ´ 1

\  Final volume V ¢ = V(1 + aDT)


V       DT


Coefficient of pressure expansion :

b DP ´ 1

\ Final pressure

P ¢ = P(1 + bDT)


P       DT

For an ideal gas, coefficient of volume expansion is equal to the coefficient of pressure expansion.




a = b =   1 °C-1



Application of Thermal Expansion.

  • Bi-metallic strip : Two strips of equal lengths but of different materials (different coefficient of linear expansion) when join together, it is called “bi-metallic strip”, and can be used in thermostat to break or make electrical contact. This strip has the characteristic property of bending on heating due to unequal linear expansion of the two The strip will bend with metal of greater a on outer side

i.e. convex side.

  • Effect of temperature on the time period of a simple pendulum : A pendulum clock keeps proper time at temperature q. If temperature is increased to q ¢(> q ) then due to linear expansion, length of pendulum and hence its time period will






Time period

T = 2p

Þ T ¢ =         =                       =



T ¢ = T æ1 + 1 a Dq ö = T + 1 a Dq T      or    T ¢  T  = 1 a Dq


ç                 ÷

è                 ø

\                 DT = 1 a Dq

T        2

  • Due to increment in its time period, a pendulum clock becomes slow in summer and will lose time.

Loss of time in a time period DT = 1 a Dq T


\ Loss of time in any given time interval t can be given by D t = 1 a Dq t .



  • The clock will lose time e. will become slow if q ¢> q

and will gain time i.e. will become fast if q ¢ < q

(in summer) (in winter).


  • The gain or loss in time is independent of time period T and depends on the time interval t.
  • Time lost by the clock in a day (t = 86400 sec)


Dt = 1 a Dq


t = 1 a Dq (86400) = 43200a Dq




  • Since coefficient of linear expansion (a) is very small for invar, hence pendulums are made of invar to show the correct time in all
  • Thermal stress in a rigidly fixed rod : When a rod whose ends are rigidly fixed such as to prevent expansion or contraction, undergoes a change in temperature, due to thermal expansion or contraction, a compressive or tensile stress is developed in Due to this thermal stress the rod will exert a large force on the supports. If the change in temperature of a rod of length L is Dq then


Thermal strain = DL = aDq

éAs a DL ´ 1 ù


L                                       êë

L       Dq úû



So Thermal stress = YaDq

éAs Y stress ù



or Force on the supports


F = YAa Dq

strain úû


  • Error in scale reading due to expansion or contraction : If a scale gives correct reading at


temperature q, at temperature

q ¢(> q )

due to linear


expansion of scale, the scale will expand and scale reading will be lesser than true value so that,

True value = Scale reading [1 + a (q ¢ – q )]

i.e.           TV = SR[1 + a Dq ] with Dq = (q ¢ – q )

However, if q ¢ < q , due to contractions of scale, scale reading will be more than true value, so true value will be lesser than scale reading and will still be given by equation with Dq = (q ¢ – q ) negative.




  • Expansion of cavity : Thermal expansion of an isotropic object may be imagined as a photographic So if there is a hole A in a plate C (or cavity A inside a body C), the area of hole (or volume of cavity) will increase when body expands on heating, just as if the hole (or cavity) were solid B of the same

material. Also the expansion of area (or volume) of the body C will be independent of shape and size of hole (or cavity), i.e., will be equal to that of D.

Note : @A solid and hollow sphere of same radius and material, heated to the same temperature then

expansion of both will be equal because thermal expansion of isotropic solids is similar to true photographic enlargement. It means the expansion of cavity is same as if it has been a solid body of the same material. But if same heat is given to the two spheres, due to lesser mass, rise in

ì     æDq = a öü . Hence its expansion will be more.


temperature of hollow sphere will be more íAs ç

mc ÷ý


î     è               øþ

(6)  Practical application

  • When rails are laid down on the ground, space is left between the ends of two
  • The transmission cable are not tightly fixed to the
  • Pendulum of wall clock and balance wheel of wrist watch are made of invar (an alloy which have very low value of coefficient of expansion).
  • Test tubes, beakers and crucibles are made of pyrex-glass or silica because they have very low value of coefficient of linear
  • The iron rim to be put on a cart wheel is always of slightly smaller diameter than that of
  • A glass stopper jammed in the neck of a glass bottle can be taken out by warming the neck of the


Problem 16.     A bimetallic strip is formed out of two identical strips, one of copper and other of brass. The coefficients of

linear expansion of the two metals are a C and a B . On heating, the temperature of the strip goes up by DT

and the strip bends to form an arc of radius of curvature R. Then R is                                 [IIT-JEE (Screening) 1999]

  • Proportional to DT (b) Inversely proportional to DT


  • Proportional to |aBaC |

Solution : (b, d) On heating, the strip undergoes linear expansion

  • Inversely proportional to |aBaC |


So after expansion length of brass strip LB = L0 (1 + a B DT) and length of copper strip LC = L0 (1 + a C DT)


From the figure LB = (R + d)q




Lc  = Rq

……(ii)   [As angle = Arc/Radius]



Dividing (i) by (ii)

R + dLB = 1 + a B DT



R          LC           1 + a C DT


Þ 1 + d


= (1 + a B DT)(1 + a C DT)1 = (1 + a B DT)(1 – a C DT) = 1 + (a Ba C )DT





Þ d R

= (a Ba C ) DT

or R =             d          

(a Ba C )DT

[Using Binomial theorem and neglecting higher terms]



So we can say R µ



(a Ba C )

and R µ   1




Problem 17.     Two metal strips that constitute a thermostat must necessarily differ in their                                           [IIT-JEE 1992]

  • Mass (b) Length

(c) Resistivity                                                          (d) Coefficient of linear expansion

Solution : (d)     Thermostat is used in electric apparatus like refrigerator, Iron etc for automatic cut off. Therefore for metallic strips to bend on heating their coefficient of linear expansion should be different.


Problem 18.     A cylindrical metal rod of length L0

is shaped into a ring with a small gap as shown. On heating the system




  • x decreases, r and d increase
  • x and r increase, d decreases
  • x, r and d all increase
  • Data insufficient to arrive at a conclusion

Solution : (c)      On heating the system; x, r, d all increases, since the photographic enlargement





expansion of isotropic solids is





similar to true


Problem 19.     Two holes of unequal diameters d1 and d2

(d1 > d2) are cut in a metal sheet. If the sheet is heated



  • Both d1 and d2 will decrease
  • Both d1 and d2 will increase
  • d1will increase, d2 will decrease
  • d1will decrease, d2 will increase

Solution : (b)     If the sheet is heated then both d1 and d2 will increase since the thermal expansion of isotropic solid is similar to true photographic enlargement.

Problem 20.     An iron tyre is to be fitted onto a wooden wheel 1.0 m in diameter. The diameter of the tyre is 6 mm smaller than that of wheel. The tyre should be heated so that its temperature increases by a minimum of

(Coefficient of volume expansion of iron is 3.6 ´ 105/ °C )

(a) 167°C                                 (b) 334°C                                (c) 500°C                             (d) 1000°C

Solution : (c)     Initial diameter of tyre = (1000 – 6) mm = 994 mm, so initial radius of tyre R = 994 = 497 mm


and change in diameter DD = 6 mm so DR = 6 = 3 mm


After increasing temperature by DT tyre will fit onto wheel Increment in the length (circumference) of the iron tyre


DL = L ´ a ´ DT

= L ´ g


´ DT

[As a = g ]



Þ             2p DR = 2p R æ g ö DT


Þ   DT = 3 DR =               3 ´ 3


[As DR = 3 mm and R = 497 mm]


ç 3 ÷

g   R       3.6 ´ 10 5 ´ 497


è ø




Þ                  DT = 500 o C

Problem 21.     A clock with a metal pendulum beating seconds keeps correct time at 0°C. If it loses 12.5 seconds a day at 25°C, the coefficient of linear expansion of metal of pendulum is







per o C





per °C





per °C





per °C


Solution : (a)     Loss of time due to heating a pendulum is given as



DT =

1 aDqT


Þ 12.5 =

1 ´ a ´ (25 – 0)°C ´ 86400 Þ a =





per °C


Problem 22.     A wire of length L0 is supplied heat to raise its temperature by T. If g is the coefficient of volume expansion of

the wire and Y is the Young’s modulus of the wire then the energy density stored in the wire is




1 g 2T 2Y


1 g 2T 2Y 3


1 g 2T 2



 1 g 2T 2Y


2                                     3                                     18    Y                                    18


Solution : (d)     Due to heating the length of the wire increases. \ Longitudinal strain is produced Þ

DL = a ´ DT L


Elastic potential energy per unit volume E =

1 ´ Stress ´ Strain =


1 ´ Y ´ (Strain)2




1         æ DL ö 2      1            2         2


Þ            E =

´ Y ´ ç



÷   =      ´ Y ´ a

ø         2

´ DT


1          æ g ö2



2       1    2      2


or         E =

2 ´ Y ´ ç 3 ÷

  • T =      g YT


[As g

= 3a

and DT = T (given)]


è ø

Problem 23.     Span of a bridge is 2.4 km. At 30°C a cable along the span sags by 0.5 km. Taking a = 12 ´ 10 6 per o C , change in length of cable for a change in temperature from 10°C to 42°C is

  • 9 m

(b) 0.099 m

(c) 0.99 m

(d) 0.4 km


Solution : (c)      Span of bridge = 2400 m and Bridge sags by 500 m at 30°             (given)



From the figure LPRQ = 2

But L = L0(1 + a Dt)

Þ 2600 = L0 (1 + 12 ´ 106 ´ 30)

= 2600m

[Due to linear expansion]


\ Length of the cable L0 = 2599m


Now change in length of cable due to change in temperature from 10oC to 42oC

DL = 2599 ´ 12 ´ 10 6 ´ (42 – 10) = 0.99m



Thermal Capacity and Water Equivalent.

  • Thermal capacity : It is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of the whole body (mass m) through 0°C or 1K.




Thermal capacity = mc = mC = Q


The value of thermal capacity of a body depends upon the nature of the body and its mass. Dimension : [ML2T -2q 1] ,   Unit : calC (practical)  Joule/k (S.I.)

  • Water Equivalent : Water equivalent of a body is defined as the mass of water which would absorb or

evolve the same amount of heat as is done by the body in rising or falling through the same range of temperature. It is represented by W.

If m = Mass of the body, c = Specific heat of body, DT = Rise in temperature.


Then heat given to body DQ = mcDT

If same amount of heat is given to W gm of water and its temperature also rises by DT

….. (i)


Then heat given to water DQ = W ´ 1 ´ DT

[As c water = 1 ]                                ….. (ii)


From equation (i) and (ii) DQ = mcDT = W ´ 1 ´ DT

\ Water equivalent (W) = mc gm

Unit : Kg (S.I.)      Dimension : [ML0T 0 ]

Note : @              Unit of thermal capacity is J/kg while unit of water equivalent is kg.

@ Thermal capacity of the body and its water equivalent are numerically equal.

@ If thermal capacity of a body is expressed in terms of mass of water it is called water-equivalent of the body.


Specific Heat.

  • Gram specific heat : When heat is given to a body and its temperature increases, the heat required to raise the temperature of unit mass of a body through 1°C (or K) is called specific heat of the material of the body.

If Q heat changes the temperature of mass m by DT



Specific heat c =

Q     .



Units : Calorie/gm ´ °C (practical), J/kg ´ K (S.I.)     Dimension : [L2T -2q 1]

  • Molar specific heat : Molar specific heat of a substance is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram mole of the substance through a unit degree it is represented by (capital) C.

By definition, one mole of any substance is a quantity of the substance, whose mass M grams is numerically equal to the molecular mass M.

\ Molar specific heat = M ´ Gram specific heat


or                      C = M c

C M  Q    1 Q

éAs c =   Q    and m = m ù



m DT

ëê         mDT

M úû





\                          C =





Units : calorie/mole ´ °C (practical); J/mole ´ kelvin (S.I.)       Dimension : [ML2T -2q 1m 1]


  • Specific heat for hydrogen is maximum (3.5 cal / gm ´o C) and for water, it is 1cal / gm ´ °C .


For all other substances, the specific heat is less than 1cal / gm ´ °C

(~- 0.022 cal / gm ´ °C) .

and it is minimum for radon and actinium


  • Specific heat of a substance also depends on the state of the substance e. solid, liquid or gas.


For example, cice = 0.5 cal / gm ´ °C (Solid), c water

= 1cal / gm ´ °C (Liquid) and c steam = 0.47 cal / gm ´ °C



  • The specific heat of a substance when it melts or boils at constant temperature is


As              C =   Q    =   Q    = ¥

[As DT = 0]


mDT      m ´ 0

  • The specific heat of a substance when it undergoes adiabatic changes is


As               C =   Q    =   0   = 0

[As Q = 0]


mDT      mDT

  • Specific heat of a substance can also be Negative specific heat means that in order to raise the temperature, a certain quantity of heat is to be withdrawn from the body.

Example. Specific heat of saturated vapours.


Specific Heat of Solids.

When a solid is heated through a small range of temperature, its volume remains more or less constant.

Therefore specific heat of a solid may be called its specific heat at constant volume Cv.

From the graph it is clear that at T = 0, Cv tends to zero

With rise in temperature, Cv increases and becomes constant = 3R

= 6 cal/mole ´ kelvin = 25 J/mole ´ kelvin

at some particular temperature (Debye Temperature)

For most of the solids, Debye temperature is close to room temperature.

(1)  Specific heat of some solids at room temperature and atmospheric pressure


SubstanceSpecific heat (J-kg–1K–1)Molar specific heat (J-g mole–1K–1)




  • Dulong and Petit law : Average molar specific heat of all metals at room temperature is constant, being nearly equal to 3R = 6 cal. mole–1 K–1 = 25 J mole–1 K–1, where R is gas constant for one mole of the gas. This statement is known as Dulong and Petit






Specific Heat of Water.

The variation of specific heat with temperature for water is shown in the figure. Usually this temperature dependence of specific heat is neglected.

From the graph :


Temperature (°C)0153550100
Specific heat (cal/ gm ´ °C)1.0081.0000.9970.9981.006

As specific heat of water is very large; by absorbing or releasing large amount of heat its temperature changes by small amount. This is why, it is used in hot water bottles or as coolant in radiators.

Note : @ When specific heats are measured, the values obtained are also found to depend on the conditions of the experiment. In general measurements made at constant pressure are different from those at constant volume. For solids and liquids this difference is very small and usually neglected. The specific heat of gases are quite different under constant pressure condition (cP) and constant volume (cV). In the chapter “Kinetic theory of gases” we have discussed this topic in detail.

Problem 24. Two spheres made of same substance have diameters in the ratio 1 : 2. Their thermal capacities are in the ratio of                                                                                                                                        [JIPMER 1999]

(a) 1 : 2                           (b) 1 : 8                           (c) 1 : 4                        (d) 2 : 1

Solution : (b)     Thermal capacity = Mass × Specific heat

Due to same material both spheres will have same specific heat

4 pr 3             3              3


m1      V1r

3    1       æ r1 ö        æ 1 ö


\ Ratio of thermal capacity =


V r4

= ç      ÷


= ç 2 ÷

= 1 : 8



2         2             pr 3


è 2 ø        è   ø


Problem 25.     When 300 J of heat is added to 25 gm of sample of a material its temperature rises from 25°C to 45°C. the thermal capacity of the sample and specific heat of the material are respectively given by

(a)  15 JC, 600 J/kg °C         (b)  600 JC, 15 J°/kg oC    (c)  150 JC, 60 J/kg °C (d)  None of these



Solution : (a)     Thermal capacity = mc =

Q   =      300

DT       45 – 25

= 300 = 15 J / °C




Specific heat =

Thermal capacity Mass

=       15

25 ´ 10 3

= 600J / kg°C


Problem 26.     The specific heat of a substance varies with temperature tC) as




c = 0.20 + 0.14 t + 0.023 t 2 (cal/gm °C)

The heat required to raise the temperature of 2 gm of substance from 5°C to 15°C will be

  • 24 calorie (b) 56 calorie                         (c) 82 calorie                     (d) 100 calorie Solution : (c)      Heat required to raise the temperature of m gm of substance by dT is given as

dQ = mc dT Þ Q = ò mc dT

\ To raise the temperature of 2 gm of substance from 5°C to 15°C is




Q = ò 2 ´ (0.2 + 0.14t + 0.023t 2)dT

= 2 ´ é0.2t +

0.14t 2


0.023t3 ù15

+                 ú

= 82 calorie





Latent Heat.

ëê                2

3     úû5



  • When a substance changes from one state to another state (say from solid to liquid or liquid to gas or from liquid to solid or gas to liquid) then energy is either absorbed or This heat energy is called latent heat.
  • No change in temperature is involved when the substance changes its That is, phase transformation is an isothermal change. Ice at 0°C melts into water at 0°C. Water at 100°C boils to form steam at 100°C.
  • The amount of heat required to change the state of the mass m of the substance is written as : DQ = mL, where L is the latent Latent heat is also called as Heat of Transformation.
  • Unit : cal/gm or J/kg  and      Dimension : [L2T -2 ]
  • Any material has two types of latent heats
  • Latent heat of fusion : The latent heat of fusion is the heat energy required to change 1 kg of the material in its solid state at its melting point to 1 kg of the material in its liquid state. It is also the amount of heat energy released when at melting point 1 kg of liquid changes to 1 kg of solid. For water at its normal freezing temperature or melting point (0°C), the latent heat of fusion (or latent heat of ice) is

LF = Lice » 80 cal / g » 60 kJ / mol » 336 kilo joule / kg .

  • Latent heat of vaporisation : The latent heat of vaporisation is the heat energy required to change 1 kg of the material in its liquid state at its boiling point to 1 kg of the material in its gaseous state. It is also the amount of heat energy released when 1 kg of vapour changes into 1 kg of liquid. For water at its normal boiling point or condensation temperature (100°C), the latent heat of vaporisation (latent heat of steam) is

LV = Lsteam » 540 cal / g » 40.8 kJ / mol » 2260 kilo joule / kg

  • In the process of melting or boiling, heat supplied is used to increase the internal potential energy of the substance and also in doing work against external pressure while internal kinetic energy remains This is the reason that internal energy of steam at 100°C is more than that of water at 100°C.
  • It is more painful to get burnt by steam rather than by boiling water at same temperature. This is so because when steam at 100°C gets converted to water at 100°C, then it gives out 536 calories of heat. So, it is clear that steam at 100°C has more heat than water at 100°C (e., boiling of water).
  • In case of change of state if the molecules come closer, energy is released and if the molecules move apart, energy is




  • Latent heat of vaporisation is more than the latent heat of This is because when a substance gets converted from liquid to vapour, there is a large increase in volume. Hence more amount of heat is required. But when a solid gets converted to a liquid, then the increase in volume is negligible. Hence very less amount of heat is required. So, latent heat of vaporisation is more than the latent heat of fusion.
  • After snow falls, the temperature of the atmosphere becomes very low. This is because the snow absorbs the heat from the atmosphere to melt down. So, in the mountains, when snow falls, one does not feel too cold, but when ice melts, he feels too
  • There is more shivering effect of ice-cream on teeth as compared to that of water (obtained from ice). This is because, when ice-cream melts down, it absorbs large amount of heat from
  • Freezing mixture : If salt is added to ice, then the temperature of mixture drops down to less than 0°C. This is so because, some ice melts down to cool the salt to 0°C. As a result, salt gets dissolved in the water formed and saturated solution of salt is obtained; but the ice point (freeing point) of the solution formed is always less than that of pure water. So, ice cannot be in the solid state with the salt solution at 0°C. The ice which is in contact with the solution, starts melting and it absorbs the required latent heat from the mixture, so the temperature of mixture falls

Problem 27.  Work done in converting one gram of ice at – 10°C into steam at 100°C is

[MP PET /PMT 1988; EAMCET (Med.) 1995; MP PMT 2003]

(a) 3045 J                                 (b) 6056 J                                (c) 721 J                               (d) 616 J

Solution : (a)   Work done in converting 1gm of ice at – 10°C to steam at 100°C

= Heat supplied to raise temperature of 1gm of ice from – 10°C to 0°C [m ´ cice ´ DT]

+ Heat supplied to convert 1 gm ice into water at 0°C [m ´ Lice]

+ Heat supplied to raise temperature of 1gm of water from 0°C to 100°C [m ´ cwater ´ DT]

+ Heat supplied to convert 1 gm water into steam at 100°C [m ´ Lvapour]

= [m ´ cice ´ DT] + [m ´ Lice] + [m ´ cwater ´ DT] + [m ´ Lvapour]

= [1 ´ 0.5 ´ 10] + [1 ´ 80] + [1 ´ 1 ´ 100] + [1 ´ 540] = 725 calorie = 725 ´ 4.2 = 3045J

Problem 28. 2 kg of ice at – 20°C is mixed with 5 kg of water at 20°C in an insulating vessel having a negligible heat capacity. Calculate the final mass of water remaining in the container. It is given that the specific heats of water and ice are 1 kcal/kg per °C and 0.5 kcal/kgC while the latent heat of fusion of ice is 80 kcal/kg

[IIT-JEE (Screening) 2003]

  • 7 kg (b) 6 kg                                    (c) 4 kg                                (d) 2 kg Solution : (b)     Initially ice will absorb heat to raise it’s temperature to 0oC then it’s melting takes place

If m = Initial mass of ice, m‘ = Mass of ice that melts and mw = Initial mass of water By Law of mixture                     Heat gain by ice = Heat loss by water


Þ                              m ´ c ´ (20) + m‘ ´ L = mwcw[20]

Þ                              2 ´ 0.5(20) + m‘´80 = 5 ´ 1 ´ 20

Þ m‘ = 1kg


So final mass of water = Initial mass of water + Mass of ice that melts = 5 + 1= 6 kg.

Problem 29.     If mass energy equivalence is taken into account, when water is cooled to form ice, the mass of water should

[AIEEE 2002]




(a) Increase                                                            (b) Remain unchanged

(c) Decrease                                                           (d) First increase then decrease

Solution : (b)     When water is cooled at 0oC to form ice then 80 calorie/gm (latent heat) energy is released. Because potential energy of the molecules decreases. Mass will remain constant in the process of freezing of water.

Problem 30.     Compared to a burn due to water at 100°C, a burn due to steam at 100°C is                        [KCET 1999; UPSEAT 1999]

(a) More dangerous             (b) Less dangerous             (c) Equally dangerous    (d) None of these

Solution : (a)     Steam at 100oC contains extra 540 calorie/gm energy as compare to water at 100oC. So it’s more dangerous to burn with steam then water.

Problem 31.     Latent heat of ice is 80 calorie/gm. A man melts 60 g of ice by chewing in 1 minute. His power is (a) 4800 W                                                    (b) 336 W                                (c)  1.33 W                           (d) 0.75 W

Solution : (b)     Work done by man = Heat absorbed by ice = mL = 60 ´ 80 = 4800 calorie = 20160 J


\ Power = W =


20160 = 336W





Principle of Caloriemetry.

When two bodies (one being solid and other liquid or both being liquid) at different temperatures are mixed, heat will be transferred from body at higher temperature to a body at lower temperature till both acquire same temperature. The body at higher temperature releases heat while body at lower temperature absorbs it, so that

Heat lost = Heat gained

i.e. principle of caloriemetry represents the law of conservation of heat energy.

  • Temperature of mixture (T) is always ≥ lower temperature (TL) and ≤ higher temperature (TH), e.,

TL £ T £ TH

i.e., the temperature of mixture can never be lesser than lower temperatures (as a body cannot be cooled below the temperature of cooling body) and greater than higher temperature (as a body cannot be heated above the temperature of heating body). Furthermore usually rise in temperature of one body is not equal to the fall in temperature of the other body though heat gained by one body is equal to the heat lost by the other.

  • When temperature of a body changes, the body releases heat if its temperature falls and absorbs heat when its temperature The heat released or absorbed by a body of mass m is given by, Q = mc DT

where c is specific heat of the body and DT change in its temperature in oC or K.

  • When state of a body changes, change of state takes place at constant temperature [ or pt.] and heat released or absorbed is given by, Q = mL

where L is latent heat. Heat is absorbed if solid converts into liquid (at or liquid converts into vapours (at and is released if liquid converts into solid or vapours converts into liquid.


  • If two bodies A and B of masses m1


m2 , at temperatures T1

and T2

(T1 > T2 )

and having gram


specific heat c1 and c 2 when they are placed in contact.

Heat lost by A = Heat gained by B


or m1c1 (T1 – T) = m2 c 2 (T T2 )

T m1c1T1 + m2 c 2 T2

m1c1 + m2 c 2

[where T = Temperature of equilibrium]




  • If bodies are of same material c = c then T = m1T1 + m2 T2

1         2                                  + m

  • If bodies are of same mass (m = m ) then T = T1c1 +T2 c 2



1          2


  • c 2


  • If bodies are of same material and of equal masses (m1

= m2

, c1

= c 2

) then T = T1 + T2



Heating curve.

If to a given mass (m) of a solid, heat is supplied at constant rate P and a graph is plotted between temperature and time, the graph is as shown in figure and is called

heating curve. From this curve it is clear that

  • In the region OA temperature of solid is changing with time so,

Q = mcS DT


or                    P Dt = mcS DT

[as Q = PDt]


But as (DT/Dt) is the slope of temperature-time curve

cS µ (1/slope of line OA)

i.e. specific heat (or thermal capacity) is inversely proportional to the slope of temperature-time curve.

  • In the region AB temperature is constant, so it represents change of state, e., melting of solid with melting point T1. At A melting starts and at B all solid is converted into liquid. So between A and B substance is partly solid and partly liquid. If LF is the latent heat of fusion.


Q = mLF

or LF

P(t 2 – t1 )


[as Q = P(t 2

t1 ) ]


or                   LF µ length of line AB


i.e. Latent heat of fusion is proportional to the length of line of zero slope. [In this region specific heat µ



tan 0


= ¥ ]


  • In the region BC temperature of liquid increases so specific heat (or thermal capacity) of liquid will be inversely proportional to the slope of line BC

i.e.,                  cL µ (1/slope of line BC)

  • In the region CD temperature is constant, so it represents the change of state, e., boiling with boiling point

T2. At C all substance is in liquid state while at D in vapour state and between C and D partly liquid and partly gas.

The length of line CD is proportional to latent heat of vaporisation

i.e.,                  LV µ Length of line CD               [In this region specific heat µ  1 = ¥ ]

tan 0

  • The line DE represents gaseous state of substance with its temperature increasing linearly with The reciprocal of slope of line will be proportional to specific heat or thermal capacity of substance in vapour state.

Problem 32.     50 g of copper is heated to increase its temperature by 10°C. If the same quantity of heat is given to 10 g of water, the rise in its temperature is (Specific heat of copper = 420 Joulekg 1 °C 1 )                                [EAMCET (Med.) 2000]




(a) 5°C                                     (b) 6°C                                     (c) 7°C                                 (d) 8°C


Solution : (a)     Same amount of heat is supplied to copper and water so

mc cc DTc

= mw cw DTw




= mcccDTc   = 50 ´ 103 ´ 420 ´ 10 = 5°C



mwcw            10 ´ 103 ´ 4200

Problem 33.     Two liquids A and B are at 32°C and 24°C. When mixed in equal masses the temperature of the mixture is found to be 28°C. Their specific heats are in the ratio of                                                                     [DPMT 1996]

(a) 3 : 2                           (b) 2 : 3                           (c) 1 : 1                        (d) 4 : 3

Solution : (c)      Heat lost by A = Heat gained by B

Þ mA ´ cA ´ (TA T) = mB ´ cB ´ (T TB) Since mA = mB and Temperature of the mixture (T) = 28°C



\ c A

´ (32 – 28) = c B

´ (28 – 24) Þ c A

c B

= 1 : 1


Problem 34.     22 g of CO2 at 27°C is mixed with 16g of O2

at 37°C. The temperature of the mixture is              [CBSE PMT 1995]


(a) 27°C                                   (b) 30.5°C                               (c) 32°C                               (d) 37°C

Solution : (c)      Heat lost by CO2 = Heat gained by O2


If µ1and µ2 are the number of moles of carbon di-oxide and oxygen respectively and

Cv1 and Cv2

are the


specific heats at constant volume then

µ1Cv1 DT1 = µ2Cv2 DT2


Þ 22 ´ 3R ´ (T – 27) = 16 ´ 5R (37 – T) Þ T = 31.5°C ≈ 32°C            (where T is temperature of mixture)

44                           32     2

Problem 35. A beaker contains 200 gm of water. The heat capacity of the beaker is equal to that of 20 gm of water. The initial temperature of water in the beaker is 20°C. If 440 gm of hot water at 92°C is poured in it, the final temperature (neglecting radiation loss) will be nearest to                                                                    [NSEP 1994]

(a) 58°C                                   (b) 68°C                                   (c) 73°C                               (d) 78°C

Solution : (b)     Heat lost by hot water = Heat gained by cold water in beaker + Heat absorbed by beaker

Þ               440 (92 – T) = 200 × (T – 20) + 20 × (T – 20) Þ T = 68°C

Problem 36.  A liquid of mass m and specific heat c is heated to a temperature 2T. Another liquid of mass m/2 and specific heat 2c is heated to a temperature T. If these two liquids are mixed, the resulting temperature of the mixture is

[EAMCET 1992]

(a) (2/3)T                                (b) (8/5)T                                (c) (3/5)T                            (d) (3/2)T

m.c.2T + m .2.c.T


Solution : (d)     Temperature of mixture is given by T =

m1c1T1 + m2c2T2

=               2          = 3 T


m1c1 + m2c2

m.c. + m .2c                2



Problem 37.     Three liquids with masses

m1, m2 , m3

are thoroughly mixed. If their specific heats are

c1 , c 2 , c 3

and their


temperatures T1, T2 , T3 respectively, then the temperature of the mixture is



c1T1 + c 2 T2 + c 3 T3 m1c 1 + m2 c 2 + m3 c 3


m1c1T1 + m2 c 2 T2 + m3 c 3 T3 m1c 1 + m2 c 2 + m3 c 3







m1c1T1 + m2 c 2 T2 + m3 c 3 T3 m1T1 + m2 T2 + m3 T3


m1T1 + m2 T2 + m3 T3 c 1T1 + c 2 T2 + c 3 T3


Solution : (b)     Let the final temperature be T °C.

Total heat supplied by the three liquids in coming down to 0°C = m1c1T1 + mcT2 + mcT3

Total heat used by three liquids in raising temperature from 0oC to ToC = m1c1T + m2 c 2 T + m3 c 3 T

By equating (i) and (ii) we get (m1c1 + m2 c 2 + m3 c 3 ) T = m1c1T1 + m2 c 2 T2 + m3 c 3 T3

….. (i)



Þ             T m1c1T1 + m2 c 2 T2 + m3 c 3 T3 .

m1c1 + m2 c 2 + m3 c 3

Problem 38. In an industrial process 10 kg of water per hour is to be heated from 20°C to 80°C. To do this steam at 150°C is passed from a boiler into a copper coil immersed in water. The steam condenses in the coil and is returned to the boiler as water at 90°C. how many kg of steam is required per hour.

(Specific heat of steam = 1 calorie per gm°C, Latent heat of vaporisation = 540 cal/gm)

(a) 1 gm                                   (b) 1 kg                                    (c) 10 gm                             (d) 10 kg Solution : (b) Heat required by 10 kg water to change its temperature from 20°C to 80°C in one hour is

Q1 = (mcDT)water = (10 ´ 103) ´ 1 ´ (80 – 20) = 600 ´ 103calorie

In condensation (i) Steam release heat when it looses it’s temperature from 150oC to 100oC. [mc steam DT]

  • At 100oC it converts into water and gives the latent [mL]
  • Water release heat when it looses it’s temperature from 100oC to 90oC. [mswater DT]

If m gm steam condensed per hour, then heat released by steam in converting water of 90°C

Q2 = (mcDT)steam + mLsteam + (msDT)water = m[1 ´ (150 – 100) + 540 + 1 ´ (100 – 90)] = 600 m calorie

According to problem Q1 = Q2 Þ 600 × 103 cal = 600 m cal Þ m = 103 gm = 1 kg.

Problem 39.     A caloriemeter contains 0.2kg of water at 30°C. 0.1 kg of water at 60°C is added to it, the mixture is well stirred and the resulting temperature is found to be 35°C. The thermal capacity of the caloriemeter is

(a)  6300 J/K                             (b)  1260 J/K                            (c)  4200 J/K                         (d)  None of these

Solution : (b)       Let X be the thermal capacity of calorimeter and specific heat of water = 4200 J/kg-K

Heat lost by 0.1 kg of water = Heat gained by water in calorimeter + Heat gained by calorimeter

Þ       0.1 ´ 4200 ´ (60 – 35) = 0.2 ´ 4200 ´ (35 – 30) + X(35 – 30)

10500 = 4200 + 5X Þ X = 1260 J/K

Problem 40.     The graph shows the variation of temperature (T ) of one kilogram of a material with the heat (H) supplied to it. At O, the substance is in the solid state

From the graph, we can conclude that

  • T2 is the melting point of the solid
  • BC represents the change of state from solid to liquid
  • (H2H1) represents the latent heat of fusion of the substance
  • (H3H1) represents the latent heat of vaporization of the liquid




Solution : (c)  Since in the region AB temperature is constant therefore at this temperature phase of the material changes from solid to liquid and (H2H1) heat will be absorb by the material. This heat is known as the heat of melting of the solid.

Similarly in the region CD temperature is constant therefore at this temperature phase of the material changes from liquid to gas and (H4H3) heat will be absorb by the material. This heat as known as the heat of vaporisation of the liquid.

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