Specific heat of fluids

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by Facial, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Facial Valued Senior Member

    It is well known that covalent bonds, ionic, and metallic bonds are generally stronger than hydrogen bonds.

    Then, why is that two notable hydrogen-bonded substances, as in ammonia and water, have much higher specific heats than mercury? That is, one would expect that the mercury's metallic bonds would hold more energy at a given temperature than other substances.

    If degrees of freedom are involved, then why do multi-DOF systems such as covalently-bonded quartz crystals or salt crystals have specific heats less than water/ammonia?

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