Extensive vs Intensive

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Ashley Bouma 1F
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Extensive vs Intensive

Postby Ashley Bouma 1F » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm

Can someone please explain why heat capacity is an extensive property and specific heat capacity and molar heat capacity are intensive properties?

Alexa Tabakian 1A
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Re: Extensive vs Intensive

Postby Alexa Tabakian 1A » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:01 pm

Heat capacity is extensive because it depends on the number of particles you have. Specific heat capacity and molar heat capacity are intensive because it is uniform for all molecules. For example, the specific heat of water is always 4.184 J/G x C and it does not matter how much water you have.


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