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A piece of copper metal is initially at 100 C. It is dropped into a coffee cup calorimeter containing 50.0 g of water at a temperature of 20 C. After stirring, the final temperature of both copper and water is 25 C Assuming no heat losses, and that the specific heat (capacity) of water is 4.18 J (gK), what is the heat capacity of the copper in J/K?

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    [mass Cu x specific heat Cu x (Tfinal-Tinitial)] + [mass H2O x specific heat H2O x (Tfinal-Tinitial)] = 0
    Substitute and solve for specific heat Cu.

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