Negative Specific Heat Capacities

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Ricardo Ruiz Flores 1D
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Negative Specific Heat Capacities

Postby Ricardo Ruiz Flores 1D » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:06 pm

Under what circumstances can a negative specific heat capacity exist and what does that mean? I have seen other people see this in solution manuals for certain problems.

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Re: Negative Specific Heat Capacities

Postby Ashin_Jose_1H » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:11 pm

We know that C=q divided by Delta T, where C is the heat capacity, q is the heat supplied, and Delta T is the change in temperature.

If a system loses energy, it can result in a negative delta T, therefore negative heat capacity.


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