# How can I calculate specific heat capacity of water?

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Specific heat represents the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius.

So, if you know how much heat was added to a certain mass of water to increase its temperature by a number of degrees, you could calculate water's specific heat quite easily.

Let's assume **94.1 kJ** were provided to **0.50 L** of water to increase its temperature from **20.2** to **65.2** degrees Celsius. Since we know that water has a density of

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Usually, problems that ask you to calculate a substance's specific heat will provide such information (heat,