Specific heat is a term that indicates the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a substance by one degree Celsius. It is a thermodynamic property of the substance. In SI specifications, we recognize specific heat through symbol 'c' and the unit is Joule per Kelvin.
On the other hand, the amount of heat needs to change the temperature to certain degrees is Heat Capacity.
Why do we need to calculate Specific Heat?
This is an important material property which is vital in Physics and Chemistry as well as in engineering fields.
While designing a system where heat management is necessary, the term specific heat comes useful. In almost every electronic device such as refrigerators, air conditioners where the waste of heat is predominant, the calculation of specific heat is essential.
In plain words, it shows us how much energy is required to heat or cool down a given mass of a given object.