• The specific heat of a substance can be used to calculate the temperature change that a given substance will undergo when it is either heated or cooled.
  • A 15.0 g piece of cadmium metal absorbs 134 J of heat while rising from 24.0°C to 62.7°C.
  • The heat that is either absorbed or released is measured in joules.
  • The change in temperature is given by , where is the final temperature and  is the initial temperature.
  • The specific heat equation can be rearranged to solve for the specific heat.
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