Ch 16: Chapter 16: Thermal Energy and Heat

About This Chapter

The Thermal Energy and Heat chapter of this Prentice Hall Physical Science Companion Course helps students learn the essential physical science lessons of thermal energy and heat. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Thermal Energy and Heat textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Physical Science's Thermal Energy and Heat chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the thermal energy and heat topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Heat and its applications
  • Examples of thermal energy
  • Different ways that heat can be transferred
  • Qualities and examples of conductors and insulators
  • Kinds of heating systems
  • The equation for specific heat capacity
  • Laws of thermodynamics

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7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Chapter 16: Thermal Energy and Heat
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What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

1. What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of heat and find out how it differs from temperature. You will also explore practical applications of heat such as expansion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, specific heat, phase transitions, and heat engines.

What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

2. What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

This lesson defines and identifies examples of thermal energy everywhere from your kitchen to the Earth's core. We'll discuss geothermal energy, a renewable energy source, as well.

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

3. 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.

Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities

4. Insulators and Conductors: Examples, Definitions & Qualities

In this lesson, we'll explore the reasons that some materials conduct electrical energy with ease while others block it almost completely. We'll also talk about the property of conductivity and some everyday examples of insulators and conductors.

Heating Systems: Forced-Air, Radiator & Electric

5. Heating Systems: Forced-Air, Radiator & Electric

You probably don't give much thought to your home heating system - unless of course, it breaks down. This lesson will explore some popular home heating systems including forced-air, radiators, and electric heaters so you can learn all about home heating.

How to Calculate Specific Heat Capacity for Different Substances

6. How to Calculate Specific Heat Capacity for Different Substances

This lesson describes specific heat capacity and explains how the specific heat capacity of water helps to maintain a relatively constant temperature in nature. Learn how to identify the specific heat capacity of other common materials and how to calculate specific heat capacity with an experiment.

The Laws of Thermodynamics

7. The Laws of Thermodynamics

Learn about the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Find out how energy is generated, how it converts from one form to another, and what happens to energy in a closed system.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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