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An Introduction to Thermal Physics
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An Introduction to Thermal Physics

An Introduction to Thermal Physics

Book edition 1st
Author(s) Daniel V. Schroeder
Pages 356 pages
ISBN 9780201380279

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Is heat capacity (C) extensive or intensive? What about specific heat (c) ? Explain briefly.

Heat capacity is an extensive property

Specific heat is an intensive property.

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Heat Capacity C and

Specific Heat c.


On the basis of physical properties of matter, it can be classified into two parts
1. Intensive property: It does not depend on the quantity which means the intensive property does not vary when the mass changes.2. Extensive property: It depends on the quantity of matter which means the extensive property varies when the mass changes.Specific heat capacity is an intensive property. Specific heat capacity is given by c=CmWhere c is specific heat capacity, C is the heat capacity, m is the mass.Here both C and m are extensive properties.The ratio of two extensive property is intensive property.This means Heat capacity is an extensive property.The amount of heat capacity is given byCv=dUdTWhere, U is the internal energy and T is the temperature.U is an extensive property and T is an intensive property.The ratio of extensive to intensive results in extensive property.

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