Two substances have the same mass and are both initially at 200°C. They both absorb 150 J of energy. Which substance will have the higher temperature, the one with the higher or the lower specific heat?
The one with the lower specific heat.
A substance's specific heat tells you how much heat must be added to / removed from a
When energy in the form of heat is absorbed, a substance's specific heat tells you exactl;y how much heat is needed in order to increase the temperature of
This means that the higher the specific heat of a substance, the more heat will be needed in order to get the temperature of
In your case, two substances, let's say
If the specific heat of
You can thus say that
#T_A < T_B#
The substance with the lower specific heat will heat up more than the substance with the higher specific heat.