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What is the specific heat of seawater?

  1. Mar 13, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the specific heat of seawater?

    2. Relevant equations

    I'm confused about what units are used, and what the specific heat of seawater is defined at?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I found a website quoting, 'specific heat is about 3850 J/(kg C)'
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  3. Mar 13, 2011 #2


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    hi lucy12h! :smile:

    specific heat is how much energy you need to raise the temperature …

    since it depends on how much of the stuff you have, and how many degrees you want to raise it, it's measured in units of energy per mass per degree …

    J/kg degC :wink:
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