We will show the importance of the high specific heat capacity of water in cooling systems. Water can be used as a cooling agent in many cooling systems such in the cooling system of many engines used in vehicles.
Recall that the specific heat capacity of water is 1 cal/g°C.6 liters of water does not have the same mass as 6 liters of mineral oil. Therefore, it is not equal to 6000 grams since the density of mineral oil is different than water.
The only way to make mineral oil reach 2,400,000 calories is to raise the temperature to a number higher than 400 degrees Celsius. However, we cannot raise the temperature to a number higher than 400 degrees Celsius since it will damage the engine.
Because water can tolerate much more heat than mineral oil for the same temperature, it is a better cooling agent.
The importance of the high specific heat capacity of water can also be seen in nature. Check this website to see how.
Nov 18, 20 01:20 PM
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