Problem: If you know the specific heat of copper, what additional information do you need to calculate the heat capacity of a particular piece of copper pipe?

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We're asked to determine what additional information is needed to calculate the heat capacity, C of a particular piece of copper pipe if the specific heat of copper, c is known.


Recall that the specific heat capacity, c (J/g•°C) is the measure of the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of a pure substance by one degree Celsius (1°C)


While the heat capacity, C(J/°C)  is the ratio of heat transferred to the change in temperature (q/ΔT).


From, this we can see that they slightly differ in units.

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If you know the specific heat of copper, what additional information do you need to calculate the heat capacity of a particular piece of copper pipe?

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