# Heat Capacity v Specific heat capacity?

## Homework Statement

what is the different in term of definition between Heat capacity and Specific heat capacity ?

Q=mΔTC →C=Q/mΔT

## The Attempt at a Solution

Specific heat capacity is the amount needed per unit mass of material so is a number independent of the amount of material but Heat capacity deals with an arbitrary amount of material
is this the only different?

## Answers and Replies

I like Serena
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Hi nafo man!

You have it right!

Beyond that you have the molar heat capacity Cmol (amount needed for 1 mol of the material).
Usually the specific heat capacity is denoted with a lowercase c as opposed to the regular heat capacity and the molar heat capacity that are both denoted with an uppercase C.

So: Q = C ΔT = m c ΔT = n Cmol ΔT.

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