# What is the difference between a calorie and specific heat?

## What is the difference between a calorie and specific heat?

Calorie is a unit of heat in the CGS system. It is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 g water by 1 oC. Specific heat capacity of a substance is defined as the heat required to rise the temperature of 1 g of the substance by 1.

## How do you convert specific heat to calories?

Specific Heat

1. For a mass m = gm = kg.
2. with specific heat c = cal/gm°C = joule/gm°C,
3. initial temperature Ti = °C = K = °F.
4. and final temperature Tf = °C = K = °F,
5. Q = calories = kcal = x 10^ calories.
6. Q = joules = x 10^ joules.

Is specific heat in joules or calories?

Because one degree on the Celsius scale is equal to one Kelvin, specific heats in the metric system can be reported in units of either cal/g-oC or cal/g-K. The units of specific heat in the SI system are J/g-K. Because there are 4.184 joules in a calorie, the specific heat of water is 4.184 J/g-K.

### What is MC in Q MC ∆ T?

Q = mc∆T. Q = heat energy (Joules, J) m = mass of a substance (kg) c = specific heat (units J/kg∙K) ∆ is a symbol meaning “the change in”

### What is a joule calorie?

The calorie was originally defined as the amount of heat required at a pressure of 1 standard atmosphere to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1° Celsius. Since 1925 this calorie has been defined in terms of the joule, the definition since 1948 being that one calorie is equal to approximately 4.2 joules.

What is the specific heat capacity of water in calories?

Water has a specific heat capacity of 4.186 J/g°C, meaning that it requires 4.186 J of energy (1 calorie) to heat a gram by one degree.

#### Are Kcals the same as cal?

The “calorie” we refer to in food is actually kilocalorie. One (1) kilocalorie is the same as one (1) Calorie (uppercase C). A kilocalorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius.

#### What is relation between joule and calorie?

How do you find Q Cal?

The heat gained by the calorimeter, q cal, is determined from the formula, qcal = Ccal×Δt, where Δt is the change in temperature undergone by the mixture.