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If I heat up a material with a low specific heat capacity and a material with a high specific heat capacity then after 10mins which one will be hotter?
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specific heat capacity - the energy required to heat a 1kg substance by 1 degree.
A low specific heat capacity = less energy required to heat up by a degree.
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#4
The one with low specific heat capacity will be hotter. The other one will be able to absorb the heat without as much rise in its temperature.
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#5
(Original post by bzzzzzt)
specific heat capacity - the energy required to heat a 1kg substance by 1 degree.
A low specific heat capacity = less energy required to heat up by a degree.
I understand but shouldn't a material with a high specific heat capacity hold more heat?
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Material with low specific heat capacity will be hotter. This is because the material that has low specific heat capacity takes less energy per gram to raise its temperature by 1K (or 1 degrees Celsius), compared to high specific heat capacity (takes a lot of energy per gram to raise its temperature by 1K or 1 degrees Celsius)
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Given energy = mass * specific heat capacity * change in temp, if you supplied the same amount of energy and had the 2 materials using the same mass then the change in temperature would be lower if the object has a higher specific heat capacity.Hope this helps
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thanks guys
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