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Phys 404
Spring 2010
Homework 1,
CHAPTERS “0” and 1
Due Thursday, February 4, 2010 @ 12:30 PM
Read Chapter 1 of Kittel and Kroemer.
Read the chapters in your introductory physics text on heat and thermodynamics, and answer the
following questions.
You will find these problems to be easier if you complete problem 2 before
solving problems 3 through 8.
Clearly print
your name on the first page of the homework, and
staple the pages together.
1
.
a)
Briefly describe the absolute temperature scale.
b)
State the first law of thermodynamics, defining any symbols you use in an equation.
2
.
Find approximate numerical values (in SI units) for the following quantities in the literature.
a)
The specific heat of water for temperatures not too far above freezing.
b)
The specific heat of ice for temperatures not too far below freezing.
c)
The latent heat of melting of ice.
d)
The specific heat of iron near room temperature.
e)
The thermal conductivity of window glass.
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