Thermal Expansion: Definition, Equation & Examples


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Which of the following is the best definition of thermal expansion?

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1. What does the linear coefficient of thermal expansion refer to?

2. Why does running a jar under hot water make it easier to open?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you test your knowledge of thermal expansion properties. The calculation of thermal expansion is one key topic that will be tested.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools can be used to refine your understanding of:

  • How to best explain thermal expansion
  • The linear coefficient of thermal expansion
  • The ways in which thermal expansion effects objects

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept thermal expansion and how it affects certain materials
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve thermal expansion practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you gained on why bridges need joints

Additional Learning

Delve deeper into the topic thermal expansion properties with the lesson called Thermal Expansion: Definition, Equation & Examples. These are just a few more topics this lesson goes over:

  • Understand molecular activity in connection to temperature
  • Define linear expansion
  • Know when thermal expansion occurs
  • Understand and use the thermal expansion equation