Problem: A 150.0-g sample of a metal at 75.0°C is added to 150.0 g H2O at 15.0°C. The temperature of the water rises to 18.3°C. Calculate the specific heat capacity of the metal, assuming that all the heat lost by the metal is gained by the water.

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This problem can be solved mainly with the concept that the heat released by the metal is equal to the heat absorbed by the water. This can be expressed by the equation below. 

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A 150.0-g sample of a metal at 75.0°C is added to 150.0 g H2O at 15.0°C. The temperature of the water rises to 18.3°C. Calculate the specific heat capacity of the metal, assuming that all the heat lost by the metal is gained by the water.

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