Specific Heat capacity

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Samantha Jimenez 4k
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Specific Heat capacity

Postby Samantha Jimenez 4k » Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:26 pm

Still confused as to why specific heat capacity is intensive if the equation includes moles. Could someone explain this?

Jake Gordon 1A
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Re: Specific Heat capacity

Postby Jake Gordon 1A » Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:57 pm

extensive properties matter how much of the substance there is
intensive properties are the same for a substance regardless of quantity

heat capacity is the energy needed to raise the temperature of a substance 1 degree celcius (extensive)
specific heat capacity is the energy needed to raise one gram of a substance one degree celcius since it includes a quantity it will hold true as a property regardless of the mass and is therefore intensive

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Re: Specific Heat capacity

Postby 505095793 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:20 pm

Specific heat capacity and molar heat capacity are both intensive because both equations take into account the amount of substance (in either grams or moles). Therefore it does not matter how much of the substance you have, the ability to absorb heat is still the same.


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