Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?

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RobertXu_2J
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Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?

Postby RobertXu_2J » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:09 pm

I found this previous post, https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1396#p220853, that says that heat capacity is an intensive property, however on the Wikipedia page for heat capacity, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_capacity, it says heat capacity is an extensive property. I'm so confused now. Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?

WesleyWu_1C
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Re: Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?

Postby WesleyWu_1C » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:11 pm

Heat capacity is an extensive property, but specific heat capacity is an intensive property. The reason why is because specific heat capacity is defined as per 1 gram.

peteryim
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Re: Is heat capacity an extensive or intensive property?

Postby peteryim » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:11 pm

Heat capacity is intensive. It does not matter what quantity is there, the heat capacity stays the same.


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