Specific Heat Definition

Specific heat is the energy in joules required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of sample 1 kelvin.
Specific heat is the energy in joules required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of sample 1 kelvin.

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Specific heat is the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of a body per unit of mass. Specific heat is also known as specific heat capacity or mass specific heat.
In SI units, specific heat (symbol: c) is the amount of heat in joules required to raise 1 gram of a substance 1 Kelvin. Usually, specific heat is reported in joules (J).

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

Source

  • Halliday, David; Resnick, Robert (2013). Fundamentals of Physics. Wiley. p. 524.
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