Heat capacity

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manasa933
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Heat capacity

Postby manasa933 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:01 pm

What exactly does heat capacity tell you? (apart what the formula states) like, what does a large heat capacity suggest?

Suchita 2I
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Re: Heat capacity

Postby Suchita 2I » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:43 pm

Heat capacity tells you the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a substance by 1 degree Celsius/1 Kelvin. A large heat capacity suggests that a large amount of energy is required to raise the temperature by 1 degree Celsius. Since heat capacity is an extensive property (depends on mass), specific heat capacity was introduced as it is intensive.

Sarah Sharma 2J
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Re: Heat capacity

Postby Sarah Sharma 2J » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:44 pm

Heat capacity tells the amount of heat that is needed in order to raise the temperature of a substance by 1 degree celsius. This relates to specific heat capacity as this is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of a substance by 1 degree celsius. A large heat capacity, much like water, tells us that the substance needs a fairly large amount of energy to raise the temperature by 1 degree celsius.


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