# heat capacity of H2O at its boiling point is 1) 3 cal mol​-1K-1 ​2)5 cal mol-1​K-1 3) 7 cal mol-1​K-1 4) Infinite ANS : 4) how?

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Heat capacity of a system is defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of the system by one degree.

Boiling point of water = 100º C
Heat capacity of water will be the amount of heat required to raise the temperature from 100​º C to 101 ​º C. At 100º C the temperature of  the water becomes constant even after the addition of infinite amount of heat. This is because the heat supplied after attaining 100​º C is utilised in changing the phase of water from liquid to vapour . This is called as latent heat. Therefore the amount of heat supplied is constant i.e. q=∞ and hence heat capacity becomes infinite.