Extensive and Intensive Properties

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JanejilaSnider2F
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Extensive and Intensive Properties

Postby JanejilaSnider2F » Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:35 pm

For converting extensive properties (like heat capacity) to intensive properties (like specific heat capacity) by dividing by the amount of substance present, does that mean that the specific heat capacity is a unique intensive property in only that case? The specific heat capacity would still change if we changed the amount of a substance given right? So then why is it considered an intensive property?

Alex Nguyen 3I
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Re: Extensive and Intensive Properties

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:02 pm

The specific heat capacity would not change if you had a different amount of the same substance. It'll still be the amount of heat required to raise a gram/mole of that substance by 1 degree celsius or kelvin. Only changing the substance would change the specific heat capacity. That's why specific heat capacity would be intensive for different amounts of that same substance.


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