# Heat Capacity

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Thermodynamics

Heat capacity, abbreviated as C or $$c_p$$, also called thermal capacity, is the ratio of heat transferred to raise the temperature of an object.  The heat gain or loss results in a change in temperature and the state and performance of work.

### Heat Capacity Formula

$$\large{ C = \frac {\Delta Q} { \Delta T } }$$

Where:

$$\large{ C }$$ = heat capacity

$$\large{ \Delta Q }$$ = amount of heat transfered

$$\large{ \Delta T }$$ = temperature differential

Tags: Equations for Heat