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Latent heat is only used when transitioning from one phase to the other. For example, if you are trying to transition from a solid to a liquid, that transition is the energy required to change from the solid state to the liquid state. Specific heat is the energy required to raise the temperature of a system by 1 degree Celsius. We can use specific heat when trying to rise from 49 to 50 degrees for a specific element or compound by dividing by its mass in grams or moles.
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