Formula for heat

Chu 3J
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Formula for heat

Why is q=nC (delta)t sometimes written as q=C (delta)t?

Peiliang Zhou 3K
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Re: Formula for heat

q=nC (delta)t is for situations where the molar heat capacity is used, so that the mol in Cm=J/K/mol can be cancelled, and the K is cancelled out by the delta T. Similarly, q=mC (delta)t is used for specific heat capacity (where Cs=kJ/oC/g).

q=C (delta)t is used when only the heat capacity (C=kJ/K, or C=kJ/oC) is given.

Hope this helps!