# How much heat is required to heat a 500-gram piece of copper from 20 degrees to 225 degrees Celsius?

August 27, 2021 | education

| **How much heat is required to heat a 500-gram piece of copper from 20 degrees to 225 degrees Celsius? The specific heat capacity of copper is 400 joules per kilogram.**

Let’s translate the mass of copper, which is presented in the condition of our problem, in kilograms:

1000 grams – this will be the same as 1 kilogram;

500: 1000 = 0.5.

As you know, the amount of heat required for heating can be calculated using the following formula:

Q = m * c * (t2 – t1), where m is the mass of the substance, c is its specific heat capacity, and t2 and t1 are the final and initial temperatures, respectively.

Now let’s calculate:

0.5 * 400 * (225 – 20) = 200 * 205 = 41000.

Answer: 41,000 J.

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