It is no secret to my students, family and friends that I’m now completely obsessed by the odd properties of water, including the anomalously high heat capacity. Here’s a neat parlor trick involving this water anomaly that is masterfully explained by Robert Krampf in one of his many great Science Experiment videos: Heating a Balloon.

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nice…

I think the heat capacity is so high because of the powerful hydrogen bonding that holds water together as a liquid at such high temperatures. Its a large dipole moment for such a small molecule; definately the oddball compared to similar weight molecules.