Heat Capacity


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Frances Relampagos 1J
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Heat Capacity

Postby Frances Relampagos 1J » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:54 pm

How do you differentiate which heat capacity to use in a problem?

Elizabeth Hoang 2C
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Re: Heat Capacity

Postby Elizabeth Hoang 2C » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:01 pm

I believe that if you are given mass or the number of moles in a problem, you should use the specific heat capacity (J x K^-1 x g^-1). Deciding which of the two equations to use (q = (heat capacity)(delta T) or q = (moles or grams)(specific heat capacity)(delta T)) can also help you determine which heat capacity to use.

Cecilia Tsai 3C
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Re: Heat Capacity

Postby Cecilia Tsai 3C » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:03 am

As Elizabeth said above, solving for heat capacity is very different since each problem varies upon what details it gives you. To better explain, since I don't want to chop up the words,


this website will help very much as it did for me!

Good luck this quarter,

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