IBDP Physics 3.1 – Thermal concepts: IB Style Question Bank : HL Paper 1


A container with 0.60kg of a liquid substance is placed on a heater at time t=0. The specific latent heat of vaporization of the substance is 200kJkg–1. The graph shows the variation of the temperature T of the substance with time t.

What is the power of the heater?

A. 1200 W

B. 3000 W

C. 4800 W

D. 13 300 W




We know \(Power =P=\frac{\Delta W}{\Delta t}\)

Now \(\Delta W =mL= 0.6 \times 200 \times 10^3\)
and \(\Delta t = (50-10) =40 s\)
Hence \(\Delta P=\frac{0.6 \times 200 \times 10^3}{40} =3000W\)


An insulated tube is filled with a large number n of lead spheres, each of mass m. The tube is inverted s times so that the spheres completely fall through an average distance L each time. The temperature of the spheres is measured before and after the inversions and the resultant change in temperature is ΔT.

What is the specific heat capacity of lead?

A \(\frac{sgL}{nm\Delta T}\)

B \(\frac{sgL}{\Delta T}\)

C \(\frac{sgL}{n\Delta T}\)

D \(\frac{gL}{m\Delta T}\)


Ans: B

Here Mechanical energy is converted into Heat Energy.

Each Sphere is moved through a distance of L . hence Gravitation field energy for each sphere each time of inversion = \(mgL\)

Now there are \(n\) sphere which are inverted \(s\) number of times . Hence mechanical (gravitation energy) = \(nsmgL\)

Now \(n\) sphere temperature raise by \(\Delta T\) times. Let \(c\) be specific heat capacity of lead

Hence total heat energy required to raise temperature by \(\Delta T\) = \(nmc\Delta T\)


\(nmc\Delta T = nsmgL\)


\(c=\frac{nsmgL}{nm\Delta T}=\frac{sgL}{\Delta T}\)


A mass m of water is at a temperature of 290 K. The specific heat capacity of water is c . Ice, at its melting point, is added to the water to reduce the water temperature to the freezing point. The specific latent heat of fusion for ice is L . What is the minimum mass of ice that is required?

A \(\frac{17mc}{L}\)

B \(\frac{290mc}{L}\)

C \(\frac{17mL}{c}\)

D \(\frac{290mL}{c}\)


Ans: A

Heat loss by water to loose temperature from 290 K to 273 K ( Melting point of water) is used by ice to melt.

hence applying heat loss = heat gain