Copper has a specific heat of 0.382 J g-1 degrees Celsius -1. The temperature of an unknown mass of copper increases by 4.50 degrees Celsius when it absorbs 3.97 J of heat. What is the mass of copper?
The easiest way to approach this is as a direct proportionality. Thus it reduces to an elementary algebra problem. Since our constant (specific heat) has the units ...
Shows how to calculate specific heat of a mass of copper as a mathematical proportionality.