kj v j in calculations?


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aisteles1G
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kj v j in calculations?

Postby aisteles1G » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:28 pm

Im kind of confused as to when heat is in J and when in KJ, for example a solution gives: q=mCΔT= (80.0g)(4.187J/C/g/)(20C-0C)=6.69kJ but the specific heat is given in J so I don't understand why the answer is in KJ? Is this just an error or am I missing something? Thanks for any help!

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Re: kj v j in calculations?

Postby ariana_apopei1K » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:58 pm

I noticed this too, sometimes they even give the answer in both J and KJ. I doubt you'd be marked wrong on a test for having one over the other though

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Re: kj v j in calculations?

Postby Kelsey Warren 1I » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:12 pm

If the heat/energy value is really large (>10^3), then use kJ so that your numerical answer won't be so huge. If your heat/energy value is smaller, you can use J. It's really just dependent on the size of the numbers you're dealing with.


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