Heat Capacity vs Specific Heat Capacity

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Julia_Gordon_2A
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Heat Capacity vs Specific Heat Capacity

Postby Julia_Gordon_2A » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:20 pm

Is the main difference between heat capacity and specific heat capacity the fact that specific heat increases the temperature of 1 g by 1 degree C and that heat capacity is simply the heat supplied divided by the change in temperature?

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Re: Heat Capacity vs Specific Heat Capacity

Postby Katherine_Ly_1H » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:46 pm

Yes; heat capacity is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of an object by 1 degree C. This is an extensive property, which means it is dependent on its sample size. Specific heat is the same concept except you are now specifying that you are finding the heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of an object by 1 degree C. Specific heat is an intensive property.


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