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Inquiry into Physics

8th Edition
Ostdiek
ISBN: 9781337515863
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. The specific heat capacity of water is. Extremely high. If it were much lower, say, oneiiflh as large, what effect would this have on processes such as Fighting fires and cooling automobile engines?

To determine

What effect would a lower specific heat capacity have on processes such as fire fighting and cooling automobile engines?

Explanation

Introduction:

The specific heat is the amount of heat per unit mass required to raise the temperature by one degree Celsius.

If water had a low specific heat capacity, its use in fire fighting and cooling automobile engines would be impractical.

The reason for use of water in such application is due to its high specific heat capacity. High specific heat capacity of water allows it to absorb large amounts of heat before it reaches its boiling point.

If waters specific heat capacity was reduced, water will no longer be able to fulfill this function...

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