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Ch 24: Chapter 24: Thermodynamics

About This Chapter

The Thermodynamics chapter of this Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics Companion Course helps students learn the essential physics lessons of thermodynamics. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Thermodynamics textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics' Thermodynamics chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the thermodynamics 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:

  • Absolute zero temperature
  • First and second laws of thermodynamics
  • Formula for entropy
  • Entropy of physical and chemical changes

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7 Lessons in Chapter 24: Chapter 24: Thermodynamics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Absolute Zero: Temperature & Definition

1. Absolute Zero: Temperature & Definition

There is a limit to how cold matter can get. Learn more about what happens when the temperature gets down to absolute zero and cannot get any lower. Test your knowledge with quiz questions.

First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy

2. First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy

This video describes the first law of thermodynamics. Several examples of the application of this law are discussed. The significance of the law and its practical application are discussed as well.

How Does the Adiabatic Process Work? - Definition & Examples

3. How Does the Adiabatic Process Work? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson we will be learning about the adiabatic process. After learning the definition, we will explore examples that help demonstrate how this process occurs in nature.

Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems

4. Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems

In this lesson, we'll learn about the second law of thermodynamics. By studying this law, you'll understand how energy works and why we're all moving towards eventual chaos and disorder.

Heat Engines & Efficiency

5. Heat Engines & Efficiency

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to explain what a heat engine is, how it works from a thermodynamic perspective, and complete some simple calculations involving the efficiency of a heat engine. A short quiz will follow.

Predicting the Entropy of Physical and Chemical Changes

6. Predicting the Entropy of Physical and Chemical Changes

Ever wonder why your bedroom always ends up a mess within hours of you tidying up? That is the magic of entropy. In this lesson, you'll learn why disorder is the natural state of matter and how we can predict entropy change in a physical or chemical reaction.

What is Entropy? - Definition, Law & Formula

7. What is Entropy? - Definition, Law & Formula

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of entropy and discover how it can be applied to everyday situations. You will explore the second law of thermodynamics which is where entropy is introduced, and you will examine the formula for entropy and find out how to use it in a variety of instances.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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