Heat Capacity: Definition & Equation


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What is the definition of heat capacity?

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1. What is the term for the sum of kinetic and passive energy within an object?

2. Why does the temperature of the ocean not fluctuate as much as the temperature of sand?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Looking at why a pool can still be cold on a hot day, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of heat capacity. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the definition of heat capacity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Definition of heat capacity
  • Why the temperature of water and sand can differ
  • Units of heat capacity
  • Difference between heat capacity and specific heat

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why the temperature of water and sand can differ and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what passive energy involves
  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as heat capacity and specific heat

Additional Learning

To learn more about the amazing heat transference of water, review the corresponding lesson Heat Capacity: Definition & Equation. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what heat is
  • Identify the relation of heat to heat capacity
  • Understand the sum of kinetic and passive energy within an object
  • Describe how heat capacity can be calculated
  • Appreciate the difference between specific heat and heat capacity