posted by will
Use the calculation of specific heat for your metal as an example and determine the effect on specific heat if the sample temperature is changed. Does this small loss in heat significantly (>5%) affect your value for the specific heat of the metal?
How would I solve this? Can you please provide an example?
It makes not much to me either.
I assume you were calculating specific heat capacity, not specific heat.
specific heat is based on a known object, known mass. It is how much heat it has at some temperature. Of course, if temperature changes, the heat content changes. Surely your teacher was not thinking of this.
The other possibility, is your teacher meant to ask something else, I know not what. Did you calculate specific heat, or specific heat capacity of the metal? Honestly, I do not know what he meant.