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# How will you calculate the specific heat capacity given heat flow, mass and temperature change ?

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Hint: We can start to attempt this question by defining what specific heat capacity is and from the definition we will be able to come up with a formula to find the specific heat capacity of a substance. From this step we get our required solution.

Formulas used:
The formula to find the heat of a substance is given by,
$Q = mC\Delta T$
Where, $m$ is the mass of the substance taken, $\Delta T$ is the change in temperature and $C$ is the specific heat capacity.

Specific heat capacity of a substance can be defined as the heat required to raise the temperature of unit mass of a given substance by one degree. From the above definition we can say that specific capacity is the temperature per mass per one-degree Celsius. That is, if we take $m$ is the mass of the substance taken, $\Delta T$ is the change in temperature,$C$ is the specific heat capacity and $Q$ is the heat.Then the specific heat capacity is given as,
$C = \dfrac{Q}{{m\Delta T}}$
Thus, we will be able to find the value of specific heat capacity with given heat flow, mass and temperature change using the formula $C = \dfrac{Q}{{m\Delta T}}$.