Ch 21: Chapter 21: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion

About This Chapter

The Temperature, Heat, and Expansion chapter of this Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics Companion Course helps students learn the essential physics lessons of temperature, heat, and expansion. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Temperature, Heat, and Expansion textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics' Temperature, Heat, and Expansion chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the temperature, heat, and expansion 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:

  • Temperature and thermal expansion
  • Heat and its applications
  • Thermal equilibrium
  • Examples of thermal energy
  • Relationship between heat and energy
  • How to determine specific heat capacity
  • Natural factors impacting climate
  • Equation for thermal expansion
  • Liquid water and ice properties

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9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Chapter 21: Temperature, Heat, and Expansion
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What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement

1. What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement

In the most intuitive terms, temperature refers to how hot or cold something is. Learn more about temperature as a measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in an object and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

2. 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.

Thermal Equilibrium: Definition, Formula & Example

3. Thermal Equilibrium: Definition, Formula & Example

In this lesson, you will learn what thermal equilibrium is, discover an equation that relates to thermal equilibrium, and go over an example of its use. A short quiz will follow.

What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

5. Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

Did you know that temperature and heat are not the same thing? Did you know that the temperature of water doesn't change when it boils? This lesson describes the relationship between heat and temperature. Diagrams are used to illustrate the relationship between heat and temperature during phase changes.

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.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

7. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.

Thermal Expansion: Definition, Equation & Examples

8. Thermal Expansion: Definition, Equation & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what thermal expansion is and discover an equation for calculating how much different materials expand. You'll look at a number of examples of thermal expansion. A short quiz will follow.

Properties of Water

9. Properties of Water

Why does ice float? Why can water rise on its own against gravity in a small tube? Find out how these mysterious properties of water can be explained by hydrogen bonds.

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