i need to know what the variables q=mc delta t stand for, i have an exam over it tommorow and i have no clue what this formula is....i was absent the day we went over it in class....thanks
Edit: in the equation the delta is a trinagle...if that helps at all

Q = m*c*(delta T)
Q = heat energy
m = mass
c = specific heat
delta t = change in temperature (= final - initial temp)
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I believe m is for mass, c is heat capacity, and delta t is average temperature..hope that helps.
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so then when you "plug in" the variables, do you just multiply them all togther or multiply mc and devide by delta t????
Multiply
Yup..that solves for Q
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Q = m*c*(delta T)
Q = heat energy
m = mass
c = specific heat
delta t = change in temperature (= final - initial temp)

yep, q=heat
m=mass
C=spec. heat
delta t = change in temp (Tf-Ti)

and you can set them equal to each other for a system...

mCdelta t = mCdelta t
Abbreviated version:
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