Specific Heat of Materials - Lesson 2

When walking on the beach on a hot summer day, have you ever wondered why sand is warmer than water? Or have you ever noticed that most automotive coolants are water-based?

When choosing heat insulation material for a wall, which material provides the best insulation: wood, foam or brick?

The key to these questions lies in specific heat and thermal diffusivity. This lesson will help you discover the science behind these parameters.

Lecture video:

Alternate video link.


Here are the accompanying handout slides for this lesson.