What Is the Specific Heat Capacity of Gold?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 29, 2020 6:46:47 AM ET
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Gold at 25 degrees Celsius has a specific heat of 0.129 joules per gram per degree Celsius. Specific heat is the amount of heat energy needed to raise the temperature of one unit of mass by 1 degree Celsius.

The value of the specific heat of a material is given by the following formula: mass times the change in temperature divided by the heat added. This formula is valid as long as no phase changes, such as going from a liquid to a gas, occur. Gold's specific heat is lower than other common elements. For example, water has a specific heat of 4.186 joules per gram per degree Celsius, and 0.840 joules per gram per degree Celsius is the specific heat of glass.