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Specific Heat Capacity

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Introduction

Specific Heat Capacity

  • To know how to measure specific heat capacity.
  • To be able to carry out an experiment safely.
  • To know that temperature is a measure of Thermal energy.

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Aim: To measure heat capacity in different metals.


Theory: Specific heat capacity is the amount of heat energy needed to increase the temperature of a material or substance.

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Middle

Time 240 seconds of heating and observe the thermometer as the temperature increases.After the 240 seconds, turn off the heater and take both the thermometer and the heater out of the respective holes.Jot down the temperature that your thermometer shows for the metal you have tested.Repeat the
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Conclusion

23

240

10080

438

Copper

25

240

10080

388

Conclusion:

We found out that aluminium took the longest time to heat up, whilst copper took the shortest amount of time to heat. Also, there is a much bigger temperature change in copper than in aluminium.

Evaluation:

You could repeat this experiment more times in order to get more accurate results.

You could also repeat this experiment with more metals. Maybe try to insulate more the metal blocks.

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