Specific Heat of Water & Metals: Physics Lab


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What is specific heat capacity?

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1. If the specific heat of an object is 400, what does that mean?

2. A piece of metal is heated by boiling it in a pot of hot water. The metal is then placed in cool water. The metal and water reach an equilibrium temperature of 52 degrees C. What is the change in temperature of the metal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Because you know that water boils at 100 degrees Celsius, you may think that you understand the heat of water, but there is much more to it than that! See how much you truly understand by completing this quiz and worksheet about a lab that discusses the heat of water and metals. The quiz includes many questions on specific heat capacity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your knowledge of the following concepts by taking the quiz:

  • Heat capacity of metal compared to water
  • Lab tools used to factor heat capacity of metal
  • Specific heat capacity
  • How metal temperature changes in a practice problem

Skills Practiced

Quantify your expertise with the following skills by assessing your performance on the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the heat of water and metals from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of equilibrium temperature to identify the change in temperature of a metal when heated, then cooled
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to explain what a specific heat of 400 means

Additional Learning

Challenge yourself to learn more about this subject by watching the video lesson called Specific Heat of Water & Metals: Physics Lab. The lesson is written to meet these objectives:

  • Understand that the state of an object is important to note when finding its specific heat capacity
  • Learn the steps of a physics lab that studies the heat of water and metal
  • Identify the equation that solves for the heat capacity of an object