Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 15 - Think and Explain: 62

Answer

When a substance cools relatively slowly, it has a relatively high specific heat capacity. Water has a relatively high specific heat capacity compared to other common materials, and a watermelon is composed mostly of... (drumroll please)... water. Another way to phrase this is that the melon has more "thermal inertia."

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on pages 290-291.
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