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Heat capacity is the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of an element (a given mass) by a temperature unit.

Specific Heat Capacity is the amount of heat in Joulesneeded to heat 1kg of an element by 1 degree Kelvin.

Joules per Kilogram Kelvin

If the SHC of water is higher than that of iron, it means, you need more heat to increase the temperature of 1kg of water in 1 degree Celsius, than the heat you need to increase the temperature in 1 degree Celsius of the same mass of iron.


A Celsius temperature difference is the same as a Kelvin temperature difference. In measuring SHC, we only need to focus on temperature difference rather than the temperature value. Add 273.15 to the Celsius measurement of the temperature to get the Kelvin temperature value.

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Q: What does it mean to say that the specific heat capacity of water is greater than that of iron?
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