Heat Capacity


Heat Capacity

Water does not give up or take up heat very easily. Therefore, it is said to have a high heat capacity. In Colorado, it is common to have a difference of 20˚ C between day and night temperatures. At the same time, the temperature of a lake would hardly change at all. This property originates because energy is absorbed by water as molecules are broken apart or is released by molecules of water associating as clusters.

Video: Heat Capacity of Water (01:13)

Take a few minutes to watch the video below to help you understand heat capacity.

Heat Capacity of Water
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The video begins by showing two candles and two balloons. One balloon (the yellow one) is partially filled with water. Both candles are lit and the ballons are moved so they are directly on top of the flame. The balloon without water bursts. This happens because the water absorbs the heat from the flame. The balloon is then picked up to reveal that the bottom of the balloon is burnt.

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