posted by Anonymous on .
The specific heat of gold is 0.031 calories/gram°C and the specific heat of silver is 0.057 calories/gram°C. If equal amounts of each metal are exposed to equal heating, which will heat up faster?
Why not choose a convenient temperature gain (say 1 degree C) and a convenient mass (say 1 g) and calculate the heat required to raise the T by that amount?
q = mass x specific heat x delta T
q = 1 x 0.031 x 1 and
q = 1 x 0.057 x 1.
Which requires more heat to raise 1 g of the metal 1 C? So the OTHER one will heat up faster.
the silver will heat up almost twice as fast.
who tf cares ?