View single post by cdelsig
 Posted: Sat Apr 23rd, 2005 01:54 am
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Okay, so...

 ΔT = q / (k * A)

Since there is an insulation factor of the carton and that is completely surrounding the ice cream (unless we would open the container, but that would really seriously skin over the ice cream and that may be worse than eating ice cream mousse), A would have to be the entire surface area, not just the top of the ice cream.

Further, wouldn't q be directly related to the difference in temperature (as the temperature differential increased, rate of cooling increases and vice versa)? So to figure this out as accurately as possible, with a changing variable, wouldn't we have to integrate somewhere in there?

Where would one find k?  Does it have to do with the specific gravity of the item changing temperature?