# A sample of mercury absorbed 257 J of heat and its mass was .45 kg. If it's temperature increased by 4.09 K, what is its specific heat in J° / kg K?

##### 2 Answers

The specific heat formula is:

Where:

For our equation, we are given everything in the right units, so all we need is to plug in the numbers.

#### Answer:

The specific heat of mercury to two significant figures is

#### Explanation:

Use the equation

Determine what variables are known, and unknown. Then solve the equation for the unknown variable.

**Known**

**Unknown**

**Solution**

Rearrange the equation to isolate