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Specific Heat Comparison

APCHEM-NLULOA

A metal sample with a specific heat that is half the value of water is placed into a mass of water that is three times that of the metal sample. The initial temperature of the metal sample is four times cooler than the water's initial temperature.

Which of the following would most closely approximate the final temperature of the system?

A

The final temperature would fall directly between the initial temperature of the metal and the water.

B

The final temperature would be closer to the initial temperature of the water.

C

The final temperature would be closer to the initial temperature of the metal sample.

D

A prediction of the final temperature of the system cannot be made based on the information given.