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Heat and Specific Heat Capacity
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Heat and Specific Heat Capacity

Specific heat or specific heat capacity is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram or 1 kilogram of a substance by 1 degree C. The specific heat of water, for example, is so high that you can put a water balloon into a flame without popping it.

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Fireproof Balloon?

Fireproof Balloon?

When you put a balloon filled with water over a flame, why doesn't it pop? And what does this have to do with heat transfer and capacity — or flame retardants? Have an adult around if you decide to try this. More...

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UCSB ScienceLine
Use a Calorimeter to Measure the Heat Capacity of Water

Use a Calorimeter to Measure the Heat Capacity of Water

The amount of energy that would heat a gram of water 1° would heat a gram of lead 33°. But don't take our word for it. Measure the heat capacity of water with this activity. More...

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Science Buddies
Changing Temperature

Changing Temperature

Find out more about how energy relates to specific heat capacity and specific latent heat. Also consider, while you read, why water is useful for heating homes. More...

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BBC
Measuring the Quantity of Heat

Measuring the Quantity of Heat

While changing its state, a substance can gain or lose heat yet not change its temperature. This site explores the specific heat of fusion and vaporization, plus specific heat in general. More...

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The Physics Classroom
Specific Heat

Specific Heat

Temperature is a measure of how fast or slow the molecules in matter move. Read on to understand the specific heat capacities of common substances, like water and aluminum. More...

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Indiana University Northwest
Specific Heat Capacity

Specific Heat Capacity

Specific heat capacity is the energy needed to heat or cool a kilogram of a substance by 1 degree C. And notice the specific heat capacity of water. No wonder it heats homes so well. More...

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BBC
Specific Heat, Heat of Fusion and Vaporization

Specific Heat, Heat of Fusion and Vaporization

As you'll see here, it takes quite a bit of heat energy to turn water from a solid to a liquid, and even more to turn it from a liquid to a gas. More...

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Khan Academy
States of Matter

States of Matter

What do scientists actually use specific heat capacities for? Find out in this episode of "Fast Forward." More...

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Georgia Public Broadcasting

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