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Unformatted text preview: either a change in temperature or a change in physical state. When a substance exchanges heat with its surroundings without changing its physical state, the substance will undergo a change in temperature. This change in temperature depends on a property called specific heat capacity. Specific heat capacity is the "heat needed to produce a given temperature change (in Celsius or Kelvin) per gram of substance" and is expressed in the units J/gK. Specific heat capacity depends on both the type of substance and the mass of the substance. The " " means "change in" and "q" represents the quantity of heat....
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2010 for the course ENGN 45 taught by Professor Wendy during the Fall '09 term at City College of San Francisco.
- Fall '09