# Specific Heat Capacity

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Thermodynamics

Specific heat capacity, abbreviated as Q, also called specific heat, is the amount of energy required to increase the temperature of the substance by 1°C.

## Formulas that use Specific Heat Capacity

 $$\large{ Q = \frac{q}{m\; \Delta T} }$$ $$\large{ Q = \frac {k} {\alpha \; \rho } }$$

### Where:

$$\large{ Q }$$ = specific heat capacity

$$\large{ \rho }$$  (Greek symbol rho) = density

$$\large{ q }$$ = heat

$$\large{ m }$$ = mass

$$\large{ \Delta T }$$ = temperature differential

$$\large{ k }$$ = thermal conductivity

$$\large{ \alpha }$$  (Greek symbol alpha) = thermal diffusivity

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