Problem: A kilogram of aluminum metal and a kilogram of water are each warmed to 75 oC and placed in two identical insulated containers. One hour later, the two containers are opened and the temperature of each substance is measured. The aluminum has cooled to 35 oC while the water has cooled only to 66 oC. Explain this difference.

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A kilogram of aluminum metal and a kilogram of water are each warmed to 75 oC and placed in two identical insulated containers. One hour later, the two containers are opened and the temperature of each substance is measured. The aluminum has cooled to 35 oC while the water has cooled only to 66 oC. Explain this difference.

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