What is the change in length of an aluminum rod after adding 12500 J of energy?

In summary, an aluminum rod with a length of 23.0 cm and a mass of 350 g is heated with 12500 J of energy. Using the equation Q=m*c*delta T, the final temperature of the rod is calculated to be 59.68°C. Using the equation deltaL=alpha*L0*deltaT, the change in length is calculated to be 2.19*10-4 m. However, this answer is incorrect because there was a mistake in the calculation. The correct answer is actually 0.219 mm.
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Homework Statement

An aluminum rod is 23.0 cm long at 20°C and has a mass of 350 g. If 12500 J of energy is added to the rod by heat, what is the change in length of the rod?

Answer is in mm

Homework Equations

Q=m*c*delta T

The Attempt at a Solution


The answer I get is 2.19*10-4m which is wrong
That /1000 to get mm is 2.19*10-7 which is wrong

I don't understand what I did wrong...
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Isn't 2.19*10-4m = .219 mm?
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Whoops...divided instead of multiplied. Thanks.

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