Absolute temperature and energy of a system are proportional to each other. The proportionality constant is the specific heat.
The specific heat of a material is the amount of heat required to raise 1 kg of the material by 1°C. The symbol for specific heat is c.
The specific heat measures how much energy is stored in a heated object.
The heat lost or gained by an object when its temperature changes by
ΔT is: Q = mcΔT
Question: Why should we care about the specific heat?
Answer: Measuring the specific heat
reveals the microscopic energy levels of a
system. This measurement is and effective a microscope into the atomic nature of the