Why is a calorimeter box made up of Copper?


calorimeter is a device used to measure the quantity of heat transferred to or from an object. Cu is highly malleable, and hence very thin box of small mass can be made. Copper is a good conductor of heat. Calorimetry is the process of measuring the amount of heat released or absorbed during a chemical reaction.

A calorimeter box is made up of Copper because

  • Cu has low specific heat capacity and thus it reaches the equilibrium temperature quickly by absorbing a small amount of heat.
  • Cu is highly malleable and hence a very thin box of small mass can be made thus decreasing the heat capacity of the box. This makes sure the calorimeter absorbs or liberates a small amount of heat during the heat exchange.
  • Cu is a good conductor of heat.

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