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Year 10 Physics: Specific heat capacity (November 2016)

As part of the new AQA GCSE syllabus, students are required to take part in this practical lesson on specific heat capacity.

Students were required to determine the specific heat capacity of one or more materials. The investigation involved linking the decerase of one energy store to the increase in temperature and subsequent increase in thermal energy stored.

An electric heater was used to heat up a block of copper. Students measured the mass, the work done by the heater and the temperature, before plotting a graph of temperature against work done. They then used the gradient of this graph and the mass of the block to determine the specific heat capacity of copper.


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