Substance c in J/gm K
Aluminum
0.900
Bismuth
0.123
Copper
0.386
Brass
0.380
Gold
0.126
Lead
0.128
Silver
0.233
Tungsten
0.134
Zinc
0.387
Mercury
0.140
Alcohol(ethyl)
2.4
Water
4.186
Ice (-10 C)
2.05
Granite
.790
Glass
.84
1) What is the highest specific heat on this table?

2) What is the lowest?

3) What is your #1 answer divided by your #2 answer?

4) What does question #3 tell you?  (in sentence form)

5) How much easier is it to heat ice at -10º compared to heating liquid water?

6) Given what you know about solids, liquids, and gases, why is it easier to heat ice than to heat water?

7) Specific heat tells us not only how easy (or hard) it is to heat a substance, but it also tells us what?

8) Something with a _ _ _ specific heat is easy to heat and/or cool, and something with a _ _ _ _ specific heat is hard to heat and/or cool.


9) I want to use a substance from this table to absorb the heat produced by my car's engine and remove it to the outside of the engine.  Even though we would prefer to use something with a low specific heat, why is water the logical best choice?

10) Referring to #8, now that I have decided to use water to gather the heat, what substance should I use to construct another device to release the heat?

11) Choose three other substances from the specific heat table and tell why they would not be good choices to use as an automobile's radiator:
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