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This chapter deals with the basics of thermodynamics. It starts with very basic concepts like temperature and heat. In this chapter, we study temperature, heat, thermal expansion of the material, and different modes of heat transfer.

When we read thermal properties of matter the first thing that strikes our mind is, what are the thermal properties of matter? To answer this question we need to go through the chapter but we can brief it by saying that when the temperature is applied to any material, then how it will act is known as the thermal property of that material.

Now, let's move on to the important concepts and formulae related to the NEET exam along with a few solved examples from the chapter on thermal properties of matter.

Temperature and Heat

Thermal Expansion

Thermal Stress

Calorimetry

Conduction

Convection

Radiation

Wien's Displacement Law

Stefan-Boltzmann Law

Newton's Law of Cooling

A circular hole of diameter 2.00 cm is made in an aluminium plate at $0~{^o{C}}$. What will be the diameter at $100~{^o{C}}$? (Linear expansion for aluminium = $2.3 \times 10^{-3} /{^o{C}}$)

Sol:

Given that,

Diameter of hole = $2$ cm

Initial Temperature = $0~{^o{C}}$

Final Temperature = $100~{^o{C}}$

Coefficient of linear expansion = $\alpha{_Al}$= $2.3 \times 10^{-3} /{^o{C}}$

To find: Diameter of hole at $100~{^o{C}}$

Formula used: $\Rightarrow {L} = {L_0}(1+\alpha{_L}\Delta{T})$

Using the above formula,

$\Rightarrow {L} = {L_0}(1+\alpha{_L}\Delta{T})$

$\Rightarrow {L} = {2}(1+ 2.3 \times 10^{-3} \times 100)$

$\Rightarrow {L} = 2.46~cm$

Key point: In order to solve these kinds of problems we need the standard formula for thermal expansion. By putting values in the formula we can get the desired answer.

A steel tape 1m long is correctly calibrated for a temperature of $27~{^o{C}}$. The length of a steel rod measured by this tape is found to be $63$ cm on a hot day when the temperature is $45~{^o{C}}$. What is the actual length of the steel rod on that day? What is the length of the same steel rod on a day when the temperature is $27~{^o{C}}$? (Coefficient of Linear Expansion of steel =$1.2 \times 10^{-5}~{K^{-1}}$ )

Sol:

Given that,

Length of steel rod at temperature ,($T$=$27~{^o{C}}$), $l$ =$100~cm$

Length of steel rod at temperature ,($T_1$=$45~{^o{C}}$), $l$ =$63~m$

Coefficient of linear expansion = $\alpha$= $1.2 \times 10^{-5}~{K^{-1}}$

To find: Actual Length of rod

Formula used: $\Rightarrow {L} = {L_0}(1+\alpha\Delta{T})$

Using the above formula,

First let’s assume that $l_2$ is the actual length of a steel rod. $l^\prime$ is the length of the tape when temperature is $45~{^o{C}}$.

$\Rightarrow {l^\prime} = {l}(1+\alpha\Delta{T})$

$\Rightarrow {l^\prime} = {100}(1+1.2 \times 10^{-5}({45-27}))$

$\Rightarrow {l^\prime} = {100.0216}~cm$

Now we have a length of tape on the day when the temperature is $45~{^o{C}}$. So actual length of the rod on that day-

$\Rightarrow {l_2} = \dfrac{100.0216}{100} \times 63~cm$

$\Rightarrow {l_2} = 63.0136~cm$

Now length of rod when temperature is $27~{^o{C}}$,

$\Rightarrow {l_2} = {l_0}(1+\alpha\Delta{T})$

$\Rightarrow {63.0136} = {l_0}(1+1.2 \times 10^{-5}({45-27}))$

$\Rightarrow {l_0} = {62.999}~cm$

$\Rightarrow {l_0} = {63}~cm$

Key point: In order to solve these kinds of problems we need the standard formula for thermal expansion. By putting values in the formula we can get the desired answer.

The copper rod of $88~cm$ and an aluminium rod of unknown length have an equal increase in their lengths independent of the increase in temperature. The length of the aluminium rod is ($\alpha{_Cu} = 1.7 \times 10^{-5}~K^{-1}$ and $\alpha{_Al} = 2.2 \times 10^{-5}~K^{-1}$) ($\text{NEET}-2019$)

a. $113.9~cm$

b. $88~cm$

c. $68~cm$

d. $6.8~cm$

Sol:

Given that,

Length of copper rod = $L_{Cu} = 88~cm$

Coefficient of linear thermal expansion of Copper= $\alpha_{Cu} = 1.7 \times 10^{-5}~K^{-1}$

Coefficient of linear thermal expansion of Aluminium= $\alpha_{Cu} = 2.2 \times 10^{-5}~K^{-1}$

To Find: Length of aluminium rod

Concept and Formula Used: Due to change in temperature, the thermal strain produced in the rod of length L is given by -

$\Rightarrow \dfrac{\Delta{L}}{L} = \alpha \Delta{T}$

$\Rightarrow {\Delta{L}} = L \alpha \Delta{T}$

Where, L = Original length of rod,

$\alpha$ = Coefficient of linear expansion of rod,

$\Delta{L} $ = Change in length of rod.

As per the question, increases in the lengths are equal and it is independent of temperature change. Hence,

$\Rightarrow {\Delta{L_{Cu}}} = L_{Cu} \alpha_{Cu} \Delta{T}$

$\Rightarrow {\Delta{L_{Al}}} = L_{Al} \alpha_{Al} \Delta{T}$

$\Rightarrow L_{Cu} \alpha_{Cu}= L_{Al} \alpha_{Al}$

$\Rightarrow L_{Al}= \dfrac {L_{Cu} \alpha_{Cu}}{\alpha_{Al}}$

$\Rightarrow L_{Al}= \dfrac {88 \times 1.7 \times 10^{-5}}{ 2.2 \times 10^{-5}}$

$\Rightarrow L_{Al}= 68~cm$

Hence, the length of the Aluminium rod is $68~cm$.

Hence, option (C) is correct.

Trick: In order to solve these problems, we have to search for the concept which is applicable to the question. Like in this question linear thermal expansion was used to solve the question.

The cup of coffee cools from $90~{^o{C}}$ to $80~{^o{C}}$ in $t$ minutes, when the room temperature is $20~{^o{C}}$. The time taken by a similar cup of coffee to cool from $80~{^o{C}}$ to $60~{^o{C}}$ at a room temperature same at $20~{^o{C}}$ is ($\text{NEET}-2021$)

a. $\dfrac{13}{10}t$

b. $\dfrac{13}{5}t$

c. $\dfrac{10}{13}t$

d. $\dfrac{5}{13}t$

Sol:

Given that,

the initial temperature of a cup of coffee is, $T_i$ = $90~{^o{C}}$

the final temperature of a cup of coffee is, $T_f$ = $80~{^o{C}}$

Time taken to drop the temperature= $t$

Room temperature= $T_0$ =$20~{^o{C}}$

To Find: Time taken by a similar cup of coffee to reduce temperature from $80~{^o{C}}$ to $60~{^o{C}}$.

Formula Used: To solve this question we will use Newton’s law of cooling. According to Newton’s law of cooling-

$\Rightarrow \text{Rate of cooling} = \dfrac{\text{d}T}{\text{d}t} = K \times \left[ \dfrac{T_i + T_f}{2} - T_0\right]$

If we use Newton’s law of rate of cooling for first temperature drop,

$\Rightarrow \text{Rate of cooling} = \dfrac{90-80}{t} = K \times \left[ \dfrac{90 + 80}{2} -20\right]$

$\Rightarrow \text{Rate of cooling} = \dfrac{10}{t} = K \times \left[ 65\right]$

$\Rightarrow K = \dfrac{2}{13t}$

Similarly, for second temperature drop-

$\Rightarrow \text{Rate of cooling} = \dfrac{80-60}{t_1} = K \times \left[ \dfrac{80 + 60}{2} -20\right]$

$\Rightarrow \dfrac{20}{t_1} = K \times \left[ 50\right]$

By putting value of K

$\Rightarrow \dfrac{20}{t_1} = \dfrac{2}{13t} \times \left[ 50\right]$

$\Rightarrow t_1 = \dfrac{13t}{5}$

Hence, option (B) is correct.

Trick: In order to solve this problem we must have an understanding of Newton’s law of cooling.

Hot water cools from $60~{^o{C}}$ to $50~{^o{C}}$ in the first $10$ minutes and to $42~{^o{C}}$ in the next $10$ minutes. What is the temperature of the surroundings?

(Ans. $10~{^o{C}}$)

2 kg of ice at $-20~{^o{C}}$ is mixed with 5 kg of water at $20~{^o{C}}$ in an insulating vessel having a negligible heat capacity. Calculate the final mass of water (in kg) remaining in the container. It is given that the specific heats of water and ice are $1~kcal/kg~\text{per}~^oC$ and $0.5~kcal/kg~\text{per}~^oC$ while the latent heat of fusion of ice is $80~kcal/kg$.

(Ans. 6)

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2. What is the difficulty level of questions in the NEET Exam from the chapter Thermal Properties of Matter?

The difficulty level of questions in the NEET exam for the chapter Thermal Properties of Matter is medium to hard. There are some topics in this chapter which have some hard concepts and if questions fall from those topics then surely it will need good knowledge of the concept to solve the questions.

3. What should be the strategy to get full marks in questions from the Thermal Properties of Matter chapter?

Thermal Properties of Matter are the basis of Thermodynamics. It deals with very basic concepts of heat and temperature. Thermodynamics is a very important and easy to understand branch of thermodynamics. If someone wants to score full marks in this chapter, a good understanding of the concept is needed. As this chapter is more about understanding than memorising the formulas. It is fun to learn the concept of heat and temperature. Enjoy the concepts while learning. It will create a long-lasting memory print for that concept.

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