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Water content in our body helps to regulate temperature stable.

Does the presence of large amounts of water in the body help keep body temperature stable? exp

Water Drop


Asked  Deryn


The answer is yes.

Here, the high value of specific heat capacity of water helps.

Drinking water helps regulating the body temperature during winter (extreme cold) as well as during summer.

I remember, schools had made it mandatory for students to dring water after every period during a summer time when the atmospheric temperature was too high and students used to faint often. The water treatment was very effective and the no. of students fainting due to high surrounding temperature decreased significantly.

If we consider the earth system also. it can be seen that the climate is moderate near water bodies.

Further, it is the abundance of water on earth which makes it a planet suitable for the existence of life.

Heat! Heat! Heat!

Thermal vibration of a segment of protein alph...
Thermal vibration of a segment of protein alpha helix. The amplitude of the vibrations increases with temperature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A glass ball at -10 degrees C is placed in 500 ml of water at 20 degrees C. The final temp is 15 degrees C.
A. How much heat is lost by the water
B. what is the heat capacity of the water
C. How much heat is gained by the glass ball
D. What is the heat capacity of the glass ball
E. what is the ratio of the heat capacities of the water and the glass ball
F. What is the ratio of the temp changes of the water and glass ball
G. How are the answers to e and f related

Specific Heat capacity and Molar specific Heat capacity

Chaitanya asked:

“how to calculate molar the heat capacity of a gas
given cp and cv of the gas?”



Specific heat capacity of a substance is the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1g of that substance through 1oC. It can be measured at constant pressure (Cp) and at constant volume (Cv).

Molar heat capacity of a substance is the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 mole of the substance by 1oC.

Molar heat capacity = Specific heat capacity × Molecular weight,


Cv = cv × M and Cp = cp × M.


A Problem from Specific Heat of Gases

Priyanshi Gaur posted”:

“A sample of air weighing 1.18g occupies 1000 cubic cm when kept at 300 K at 1000000 Pa.When 2 cal of heat is added to it at constant volume, its temperature increases by 1 degree celcius.Calculate the amount of heat needed to increase the temperature of air by 1 degree celcius at constant pressure if the mechanical equivalent of heat is 4.2*10000000 erg/cal.”


Remember that

Cp/Cv = γ


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