phase diagram

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Lily Sperling 1E
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phase diagram

Postby Lily Sperling 1E » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:24 am

Why does a lower heat capacity equate to a higher slope? Shouldn't it be the opposite?

Hazem Nasef 1I
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Re: phase diagram

Postby Hazem Nasef 1I » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:28 am

I'll assume you are talking about heating curves since that is what is relevant to heat capacity. Since the x-axis is time, and the y-axis is temperature, a steep slope would mean it takes less time to reach a certain temperature than a slope that isn't steep. If something requires less time to reach a certain temperature, it follows that it requires less energy, therefore having a lower heat capacity.

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