Water has a high specific heat because it has strong __________________.  

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Water has a high specific heat due to the strong polarity between its bonds.

Specific heat is the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of one gram of a substance by one degree Celsius.

Water is very polar. Polar substances are covalently bonded substances that contain partially positive and negative charges. The partial charges within a polar substance are the result of electronegativity differences between the atoms that share the bond. Electronegativity is the likelihood that an atom will attract a pair of bonded electrons. Amongst all of the elements on the periodic table, electronegativity ranges between approximately 0.7 to 4.0. Some periodic tables contain electronegativity values of each...

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