4B10.10 - Heat Capacity Demo

See paragraph one in the procedure section
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Heat Capacity Demo
Heat Capacity
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Beakers (1000 mL) (2), Lead block (400 g, small), Ring stands with asbestos pads (2), Bunsen burners (2), Digital thermometers (2).

Set the demo up using 800 ml of water in one beaker. Use 400 grams of lead and 400 ml of water in the other beaker. Heat and observe that the beaker with the lead will have a faster rise in temperature.  

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