Heat Capacity

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Bianca Barcelo 4I
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Heat Capacity

Postby Bianca Barcelo 4I » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:17 pm

What does heat capacity exactly tell us qualitatively?

Kristen Kim 2K
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Re: Heat Capacity

Postby Kristen Kim 2K » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:28 pm

Something with a high heat capacity means that it would require a lot of heat to increase in temperature, which might make it a good insulator but a bad conductor of heat. Conversely, something with a low heat capacity means that it doesn't take much heat to increase the temperature, which might make it a good conductor of heat but a bad insulator.

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Re: Heat Capacity

Postby Laura Gong 3H » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:29 pm

Relative heat capacities can give us an idea of how well the substance can act as an insulator. The greater the value of C, the better it is at insulating heat.
Greater heat capacities may also point to greater molecular complexity, because there are more atoms and bonds to store energy.

These are few of many things heat capacity can tell you.

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Re: Heat Capacity

Postby Brian Hom 2F » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:31 pm

Heat capacity tells us how much heat is required to raise the temperature of an object by 1 degree Celsius. An object with high heat capacity can take a lot of heat before changing in temperature like water. An object with low heat capacity changes temperature at low heat like a metal.


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