# Specific Heat

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff. Posted in Thermodynamics

Specific heat (also called specific heat capacity) is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of a material 1 degree.

## formula

$$c = \frac {Q } {m \Delta T}$$

Where:

$$c$$ = specific heat

$$Q$$ = thermal energy or heat transfer

$$m$$ = mass

$$\Delta T$$ = temperature differential