Illustration of Latent heat

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Tom Sharp

Joseph Black thermodynamics Illustration of Latent heat

Latent heat

Joseph Black measured the temperature and realized after he heated ice to melt it that its water was no warmer. The heat had gone into the ice but only changed its state.


Dr. Black was Scottish and discovered latent heat while working on commmission for a Scotch distillery to determine ideal quantities of fuel and water for distilling whisky.

Latent stuff

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