Specific Heat Definition

Definition: Specific heat is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of a body per unit of mass.

In SI units, specific heat (symbol: c) is the amount of heat in joules required to raise 1 gram of a substance 1 Kelvin.

Also Known As: specific heat capacity, mass specific heat

Examples: Water has a specific heat of 4.18 J. Copper has a specific heat of 0.39 J.

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