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units for heat capacity

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:49 pm
by Savannah Mance 4G
Whenever you're asked for heat capacity are you suppose to always give an answer in J/g/Celsius ? Do you do this even if they give you a q that's in KJ?

Re: units for heat capacity

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:01 pm
by Rachel Yu 1G
Heat capacity is most commonly given in Joules/Celcius. Specific heat capacity is most commonly given in Joules/(Celcius x grams). Unless the problem specifies that the final answer has to given in joules, using kilojoules is ok.

Re: units for heat capacity

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:26 am
by Lizette Noriega 1H
As mentioned above, the units for heat capacity should be Joules/Celcius (J/°C) but if given kilojoules (kJ), this should be an acceptable answer as well unless the question specifically asks for joules, in which you would have to convert from kilojoules to joules.