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Electrical Equivalent of Heat

The purpose of this experiment is to determine the amount of electrical energy that is equivalent to a certain amount of thermal energy. This is accomplished by measuring the amount of electrical energy used in the heating resistor to heat water and the resulting thermal energy added to the water.

Source: Complete Experiments: Thermodynamics


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