NCERT Solutions for Class 11 Physics Chapter 12 Thermodynamics
QUESTIONS FROM TEXTBOOK
Question 12. 1 A geyser heats water flowing at the rate of 3.0 litres per minute from 2 7°C to 77°C. If the geyser operates on a gas burner, what is the rate of consumption of the fuel if its heat of combustion is 4.0 x 104 J/g?
Answer: Volume of water heated = 3.0 litre per minute Mass of water heated, m = 3000 g per minute Increase in temperature,
Question 12. 3 Explain why
(a) Two bodies at different temperatures T1 and T2, if brought in thermal contact do not necessarily settle to the mean temperature (T1 + T2)/2 ?
(b) The coolant in a chemical or nuclear plant (i.e., the liquid used to prevent different parts of a plant from getting too hot) should have high specific heat. Comment.
(c) Air pressure in a car tyre increases during driving. Why?
(d) The climate of a harbour town is more temperate (i.e., without extremes of heat and cold) than that of a town in a desert at the same latitude. Why?
Answer: (a) In thermal contact, heat flows from the body at higher temperature to the body at lower temperature till temperatures become equal. The final temperature can be the mean temperature (T1+ T2)/2 only when thermal capacities of the two bodies are equal.
(b) This is because heat absorbed by a substance is directly proportional to the specific heat of the substance.
(c) When car is driven, some work is being done on types in order to overcome dissipative forces of friction and air resistance etc. This work done is transformed into heat, due to which temperature of the car types increases.
(d) The climate of a harbour town is more temperate (neither too hot nor too cool) due to formation of sea breeze at day time and land breeze at night time as already explained in Chapter 11.