The specific heat of copper is 0.386 joule per gram per degree Kelvin. A substance's specific heat, which is a physical property, is defined as the quantity of heat needed to increase the temperature of 1 gram of this substance by 1 degree. In physics, the temperature scales used for specific heats may be given in either Kelvin or Celsius degrees.
The specific heat is given by the constant C. Similarly, the mass can be in either kilograms or grams units. An equation associated with the specific heat is Q = m × C × ΔT, where Q is the amount of heat transferred to or from a substance, m is the mass, C is the specific heat constant and ΔT is the change in temperature.