finding heat

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finding heat

Postby Briana Yik 1H » Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:51 pm

How do we know when to use latent heat and specific heat? Thank you!

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Re: finding heat

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:55 pm

latent heat is used during a phase change process (temperature does not change when heat is applied) while specific heat is used when heat is used for non-phase change process.

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Re: finding heat

Postby Ryan Troutman 4L » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:50 pm

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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Re: finding heat

Postby EllaBerry » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:01 pm

Latent heat is used in the case where a phase change is occurring while specific heat is defined as the amount of heat required to raise either a mol or a gram of something by 1 degree C.

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