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A 108g piece of unknown metal is heated to 100 degrees C in boiling water. The heated sample of metal is then dropped into 50ml of H20, which is initially at 23.0 degrees C. After a few minutes the temp. of water raises to 37.5 degrees C. What is the specific heat capacity of the metal and what is the identity of the metal?
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    heat lost by metal + heat gained by water = 0.

    [mass metal x specific heat M x (Tfinal-Tinitial)] + [mass H2O x specific heat H2O x (Tfinal-Tinitial)] = 0
    Substitute and solve for specific heat. Then look in your text or on-line for a list of specific heats of metals and identify the one in this problem.

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