# What is specific heat measured in?

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Dec 29, 2014

Specific heat represents the amount of heat required to change a unit mass of a substance by one degree Celsius. This is expressed mathematically as:

So, if we want to determine the units for specific heat, we'll just isolate the term in the above formula to get

**J**), mass in grams (**g**), and temperature in degree Celsius (

Therefore, specific heat is measured in Joules per g times degree Celsius.