On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM, Jed Rothwell <jedrothw...@gmail.com> wrote:

> H Veeder <hveeder...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> ​Photosynthesis is an endothermic reaction but instead of absorbing heat
>> energy it absorbs light energy.
>> I doubt a calorimeter would detect that.
> The light source would have to be inside the calorimeter to affect the
> process, so yes, it would detect the energy from the light. All energy
> converts to heat. Unless the calorimeter was made of glass the light would
> not escape. (Some calorimeters are made of glass. Some have glass windows.)
> - Jed

Ok so you can design a calorimeter to detect this particular endothermic
reaction, however, if you don't know a-priori what type of endothermic
reaction or what energy source is involved a "standard" calorimeter might
fail to detect it.


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