Heat capacity is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of given substances by one degree celcius. Our substances were rubbing alcohol, vinegar, kitchen oil, and our control: water. In our case, we measured the substances, and watched them go from a warmer temperature to a cooler temperature.

Heat capacity is not only used for science, but also it can be used in our daily lives. For instance, when humans go into a colder substance, such as water, they are giving their body heat away to the water. To try and stay warm they will do things such as kick and move around, to keep on producing more body heat. However, now we have created wet suits and dry suits, so when we swim we do not have to keep moving. This serves as an insulator, so we do not lose our body heat. In addition, the heat capacity of air is a lot less than the heat capacity of water.



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