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Ch 16: Thermal Physics Lesson Plan Resources

About This Chapter

The Thermal Physics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the properties of heat, temperature and heat transfer in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Thermal Physics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Overview of thermal physics Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, pressure, volume and statistical mechanics
Tuesday Measuring and converting temperature units Kelvins and Celsius scales; absolute zero
Wednesday Phase changes Freezing, melting, sublimation, deposition, vaporization and condensation
Thursday Heat Transfers Conduction, convection and radiation; heat transfer during phase changes
Friday Thermal expansion and calorimetry Thermal expansion equations; calculating heat transfer and capacity

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Thermal Physics Lesson Plan Resources
Introduction to Thermal Physics

1. Introduction to Thermal Physics

After watching this lesson you will be able to explain what thermal physics is, as well as the various areas of study and topics that make it up. A short quiz will follow.

Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvins and Celsius

2. Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvins and Celsius

Have you ever wondered what the lowest possible temperature is? In this lesson, you will learn what temperature measures. You will also be introduced to the Kelvin scale (an absolute scale) and learn how it relates to the Celsius scale.

Phase Changes and Heating Curves

3. Phase Changes and Heating Curves

Learn the phases - gas, liquid, solid and plasma. Learn what a phase diagram is and what terms describe the movement between phases: melting, sublimating, freezing, vaporization, condensation, and deposition. Discover why heating curves have plateaus, what a phase transition is, and what happens during this transition.

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

4. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

There are three main ways that heat is transferred between substances or objects. In this video lesson you'll learn about each one, and identify the differences between them.

Heat Transfer & Phase Changes

5. Heat Transfer & Phase Changes

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what heat transfer is and describe the various phase changes that can result from heat transfer in terms of the position of the molecules. You will also be able to give the names of those phase changes. A short quiz will follow.

Thermal Expansion: Importance & Examples

6. Thermal Expansion: Importance & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what thermal expansion is, why it is important, provide some examples of thermal expansion in real life and complete basic thermal expansion calculations. A short quiz will follow.

Calorimetry: Measuring Heat Transfer and Heat Capacity

7. Calorimetry: Measuring Heat Transfer and Heat Capacity

This video lesson explains the technique of calorimetry used to measure heat transfer in chemical reactions. You will see how different materials have different specific heat capacities. You will learn how to carry out heat calculations using a simple equation.

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