Heat Equivalent of Mechanical Energy

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Heat Equivalent of Mechanical Energy

 

the quantity of heat that is equivalent in terms of energy to a unit of work if the internal energy of a physical system is increased when the work is done. The concept of the heat equivalent of mechanical energy is used when the work and the amount of heat are measured in different units. The heat equivalent of mechanical energy is the reciprocal of the mechanical equivalent of heat and equals 0.239 calorie per joule.

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