moles or grams in heat capacity equation

Katie Bart 1I
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moles or grams in heat capacity equation

In the different heat capacity equations, how do you know whether to use grams or moles? Does it depend on the units that the given heat capacity is in?

Hiba Alnajjar_2C
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Re: moles or grams in heat capacity equation

Yes, it depends on the units that the given heat capacity is in. For example, if you're given the molar heat capacity, you should be using moles. On the other hand, if you're given the specific heat capacity, you should be using grams. Looking at the units is your best bet in determining whether you should be working with grams or moles.

Verity Lai 2K
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Re: moles or grams in heat capacity equation

It depends on the information given and you can also use the unit its given in.

Morgan Carrington 2H
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Re: moles or grams in heat capacity equation

It depends on the units of the heat capacity equation. I believe that only the equation for specific heat uses grams though, so that is a good starting place for trying to work out or memorize the others.