why does water can absorb or release relatively large quantities of heat without large changes in temperature?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Because water has a high SPECIFIC HEAT VALUE (C=J/gC) which just means that it can absorb a realitivy high ammount of heat (J=jouls) and keep its overall mass (g=grams) about the same temperature (C=celsius)

    its like 4.186 J/gC or somin i think, which is very high, while steel is only .113 J/gC

    Source(s): high school chem class
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  • 4 years ago

    Water has a lot of intramolecular forces. So its takes more energy to get its atoms to pull apart from each other.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    That is a tricky question.

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