Extensive Vs Intensive Properties

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Courtney McHargue 1I
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Extensive Vs Intensive Properties

Postby Courtney McHargue 1I » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:35 pm

What's the difference between extensive and intensive properties (heat capacity vs specific heat capacity) and does it change how/when we use those things?

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Re: Extensive Vs Intensive Properties

Postby Reva Kakaria 1J » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:40 pm

An extensive property is something that depends on how much of something is being measured, like mass, which changes depending on how much of a substance you weigh. An intensive property doesn't depend on the amount of substance; for example, density remains the same throughout some substance no matter how much of it you measure. Therefore, heat capacity is extensive because it changes depending on how much of a substance you have; specific heat capacity remains the same no matter the amount of substance because it measures temperature change per gram or per mole.


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