What is a Calorimeter? - Definition, Uses & Equation


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Which of the following is a use for bomb calorimeters?

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1. In the calorimetry equation q = mcΔT, what does the variable c stand for?

2. What are calorimeters used to measure?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of the uses and equation associated with calorimeters is tested in this quiz/worksheet combo. The multiple-choice questions will ask you how bomb calorimeters are used, the variables in a calorimetry equation and the difference between bomb and coffee cup calorimeters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This helpful quiz is designed to assess your ability to:

  • Explain how and why bomb calorimeters are used
  • Identify the variables in a calorimetry equation
  • Describe what is measured by a calorimeter
  • Differentiate between coffee cup and bomb calorimeters
  • Detail the limitations of coffee cup calorimeters

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the uses and equation for calorimeters
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the difference between bomb and coffee cup calorimeters
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what calorimeters measure and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Our lesson titled What is a Calorimeter? - Definition, Uses & Equation provides a user-friendly way to learn more about this subject. After reviewing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify where coffee cup calorimeters are often used
  • Detail the process involved in using a bomb calorimeter
  • Describe a unique application for bomb calorimeters