How do you calculate specific heat capacity given heat flow, mass and temperature change?
To calculate the specific heat capacity of a substance, use the formula
where Q is the quantity of heat (energy) needed to raise the temperature of 1 kg of a substance by 1°C, measured in J;
m is the mass of the substance, in kg;
C is the specific heat capacity of the material, in
If you are looking for the specific heat capacity (C), you will need to isolate it by dividing both sides by
You can easily look up on a chart of specific heat capacities this value, to find that this metal is (most likely) lead.