# 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?

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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.

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