# Specific Heat page 2

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Unit 1: Energy
Specific Heat Ditto
Background: Specific Heat, is the measure of the heat energy required to increase the
temperature of a unit quantity of a substance by a unit of temperature. For example,
the heat energy required to raise water’s temperature 1K (equal to 1 0 C is 4.186 joules
per gram. This would be expressed as 4.186 J/(kg&middot;K). The heat energy required to raise
air’s temperature 1K (equal to 1 0 C is 1.0 joules per gram. This would be expressed as 1.0
J/(kg&middot;K). It takes less energy to raise the temperature of air than it does water. This is
why the temperature of the air changes more rapidly than the temperature of water.
More heat energy is required to increase the temperature of a substance with high
specific heat than one with low specific heat. You have a table of specific heats of
Part 1 Questions:
1. What is specific heat? ___________________________________________
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2. Why do you think that large bodies of water have a regulating effect on weather
and climate? __________________________________________________
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3. What substances temperature would change more rapidly water or Basalt? What
is the specific heat of each? ______________________________________
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4. Which substance’s temperature would change more rapidly if exposed to the same
conditions Granite or Basalt? _______________________________________
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Part 2: There is also an easy way to understand specific heat…with math and equations!
The equation relating heat energy to specific heat capacity, where the unit
quantity is in terms of mass is:
Q (In Joules) is the heat energy put into or taken out of the substance
m (in grams) is the mass of the substance
c (in J/(kg&middot;K) is the specific heat capacity
ΔT( in 0C or 0K) is the change in temperature.
Questions: Let’s test it out!
1. How many Joules does it take to raise 10 grams of water 100C?
2. How many Joules does it take to raise 400 grams of Basalt 400C?
3. How many Joules does it take to raise 40 grams of Dry Air 600C?
4. How many Joules does it take to raise 100 grams of Basalt, Granite, Iron,
Copper and Lead 100C? Which one can change temperatures the fastest?
5. A 50 gram piece of iron warms from 0&deg;C to 40&deg;C while absorbing 900 joules.
What is the specific heat of iron?
6. A 50 gram sample of an unknown metal warms from 18&deg; to 58&deg;C after
absorbing 800 joules. What is the specific heat of the metal?
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