Weber, Harold C. Formerly, Chemical Engineer, Boston, Massachusetts.
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The quantity of heat required to raise a unit mass of homogeneous material one unit in temperature along a specified path, provided that during the process no phase or chemical changes occur is known as the heat capacity of the material in question. The unit mass may be 1 g, 1 lb, or 1 gram-molecular weight (1 mole). Moreover, the path is so restricted that the only work effects are those necessarily done on the surroundings to cause the change to conform to the specified path. The path, except as noted later, is at either constant pressure or constant volume. This definition conforms to an average heat capacity for the chosen unit change in temperature.
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