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What is specific heat of a substance ?
- Varun Rathi (age 11)
Sri Sathya Sai School, Indore, MP, India
The specific heat of a substance tells you how much heat is required to
raise the temperature of the substance by a certain amount. If a
substance has a large specific heat, this means you need to put in lots
of energy to raise its temperature.
To find the specific heat of something, you need to do the
following experiment. Take 1 gram of the substance and add heat to it
until its temperature has increased by 1 degree C. The amount of energy
this takes tells you the specific heat.
(republished on 07/27/06)
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