# Find specific heat of liquid

**1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data**

A point source s emits thermal heat energy H every second uniformly in all directions. A cylindrical container with radius R, which contains a liquid of mass m, is placed at a distance h above the source, look at the picture. After t seconds, the temperature of the liquid increases from T1 to T2. If the heat lost from the container in one second is H’, determine the specific heat of the liquid. Neglect the heat capacity of the container.

**3. The attempt at a solution**

Let’s assume a hypothetical spherical surface enclosing the point source S whose radius changes with time at a constant rate(similar to a wavefront in case of sound wave). Let the rate of change of radius be v. Then time taken when radius of the surface becomes h is equal to t_0=h/v and time when its radius becomes equal to √(R^2+h^2) is t’=√(R^2+h^2)/v. The liquid present in the container starts gaining heat as soon as radius becomes h. Simultaneously it loses heat at a rate H’. Let after a time t, the radius changes to R+dR in time dt, where t_0<t<t’.

Heat gained = Hdt

Heat lost = H’dt

Hdt-H’dt = (dm) s d(ΔT)

But from here, I’m lost. I don’t have any idea how to proceed ahead? I’m also not sure what I’m doing here is correct or even makes sense. Forgive me for that. :redface:

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