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What the heck is the heat equation?

  1. Dec 11, 2009 #1
    My professor asked us to use the heat equation to compare temperature change with the specific heat of three metals. I have no idea of what the heat equation is. I read a little bit about it on Wikipedia, but the equation there makes no sense to me. I'd really appreciate if anyone could help me out with this. Thanks!
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  3. Dec 11, 2009 #2
    I'm guessing he/she means the equation that relates temperature change to specific heat capacity, mass and quantity of heat.
    Q=mct
    Q is amount of heat transferred (J)
    c is specific heat capacity of the material
    m is mass of material
    t is temperature change (K or Celsius)
    Does that help?
     
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