Specific Heat Capacity

First some confusing vocabulary – this is Chemistry after all…..

Specific Heat Capacity ‘C’ relates the amount of heat (energy or work) needed to raise a sample of some material 1 degree C.
Think of Specific Heat Capacity as the sample’s capacity to absorb heat, so the formula should include the amount of material in the sample, ie its mass.

Q = m  C  ΔT

Q: heat absorbed by the sample
m: mass of the sample
C: heat capacity of the sample material
Δ: change or difference of…
T: temperature
The units of C is
Specific heat or specific heat capacity ‘s’ is the heat capacity, which is independent of the amount of substances. It can be defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius (or one Kelvin) at a constant pressure. The specific heat of water is 4.18 joules/(gram degree C).

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