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Dulong and Petit's law


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For a solid element the product of the relative atomic mass and the specific heat capacity is a constant equal to about 25 J mol−1 K−1. Formulated in these terms in 1819 by the French scientists Pierre Dulong (1785–1838) and Alexis Petit (1791–1820), the law in modern terms states: the molar heat capacity of a solid element is approximately equal to 3R, where R is the gas constant. The law is only approximate but applies with fair accuracy at normal temperatures to elements with a simple crystal structure.

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Subjects: Chemistry — Physics.


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