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Homework Help: Specific heat capacity

  1. Jun 17, 2005 #1
    Does the specific heat capacity of an object affect the rate of transfer of energy from an object to another?
    For instance, alcohol has a lower specific heat capacity than water.
    If they are both at 50 degree Celsius and poured into a beaker containing water of 20 degree Celsius respectively, after 1 second, in which beaker, much heat is transferred?

    Thanks for kind attention.
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  3. Jun 17, 2005 #2
    The specific heat of an item tells you how much energy is required to increase 1.0 grams of the item by 1 degree celsius/kelvin. I would imagine the rate of which the temperature changes would be governed more by the thermodynaic properties of the material, such as its heat conductivity.
  4. Jun 17, 2005 #3
    Are there any examples showing that the rate does not necessarily depend on the specific heat capacity?
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