Thermal Expansion: Importance & Examples

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

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1. If you heat up an object that contains holes and crevices, what happens to those holes?

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study resources will test your understanding of thermal expansion. For the quiz, you will need to know things such as the definition of thermal expansion and what happens to holes once an object is heated.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The worksheet and quiz will guide you to:

  • Understand why running a jar under hot water makes it easier to open
  • Recognize why bridges have expansion joints
  • Calculate change in length of a strip of concrete when heated

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will allow you to practice the following:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of heated strips of concrete and how their length can be changed by being heated
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what happens to holes and crevices in an object that is heated in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition of thermal expansion

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson is entitled Thermal Expansion: Importance & Examples and it covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of temperature
  • Analyze examples of thermal expansion
  • Identify the thermal expansion equation
  • Assess the calculation example in the lesson
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