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Drop calorimetry

Calorimetry based on the principle of heating a sample to a known temperature, drop into a calorimeter and measure the temperature rise to derive enthalpy.

The sample is dropped into a calorimeter that consists of a calorimeter substance (e.g. water, metal) which is thermally insulated from the isoperibolic surroundings (thermostat, furnace). The temperature change in the calorimeter substance is measured.


  • Hemminger, W. and Sarge, Definitions, nomenclature, terms and literature, in Handbook of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, ser. ed. M.E. Brown, vol. 1, Principles and practice, ed. P. K. Gallagher, Elsevier, Amsterdam 1998.

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