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# Re: Specific Heat

No law prevents the heat capacity from varying within a single phase. In
fact one of the first illustrations of the macroscopic effects of
quantum mechanics is the calculation of the temperature dependences of
the specific heat of a solid using either the Einstein or Debye models.

The specific heat of water does vary with temperature (but not much).
One source I googled on the web gives data that the specific heat of
water varies by about 1% from 22 degrees C to 100 degrees C.

Tim Sullivan
sullivan@kenyon.edu

On Sun, 2004-02-15 at 10:50, Tony Wayne wrote:
WITHIN A PHASE, does the specific heat of a substance have any varian=
ce=20
with temperature? In other words, does the specific heat of water=
=20
(liquid phase) have a range from say 4185.8 to 4186.3 J/C=95kg (arbit=
rary=20
numbers for example only) from 0 to 100 degrees C?
-Tony
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