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Ch 1: Fundamentals of Thermodynamics: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Fundamentals of Thermodynamics chapter of this SAT Physics Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about thermodynamics. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach all of the thermodynamics laws and principles required in a typical SAT physics course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other SAT physics work.
  • Identify the thermodynamics concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our SAT Physics Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about thermodynamics to prepare for the SAT physics subject test. This resource can help students, including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding the different types of energy, the laws of thermodynamics, kinetic and potential energy, specific heat or any other thermodynamics topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their science learning
  • Prefer learning science visually
  • Find themselves failing or close to failing their thermodynamics unit
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to excel on the SAT physics subject test
  • Don't have access to their science teacher outside of class

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and re-watch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the significance of energy in nature.
  • Learn the definitions for mechanical, thermal and radiant energy.
  • Review chemical, electrical and nuclear energy components.
  • Become familiar with the first and second laws of thermodynamics.
  • Explore the relationship between kinetic and potential energy.
  • Learn to calculate specific heat capacity.
  • Examine heat and energy diagram changes.
  • Study the transformation of energy in living organisms.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Thermodynamics: Tutoring Solution
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What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

1. What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

Energy is the capacity or ability to perform work, which is significant in causing anything to move within nature. Explore the different types of energy, where it comes from, why it is necessary, and how it is important in natural systems.

Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

2. Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

Kinetic energy and potential energy are created differently. In this lesson, we will dive into different types of energy, and how they can be transformed into other types of energy.

First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy

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

The first law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of conservation of energy, says that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Explore the first law of thermodynamics, see how energy can only be transformed but not created or destroyed, and discover some examples of the practical application of this law.

Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems

4. Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems

It is important to observe all the elements that impacted the Big Bang Theory and the laws of thermodynamics. Specifically, the second law of thermodynamics involves entropy and systems. This lesson explores this law of thermodynamics, including its systems, implications, and practical applications.

What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition & Examples

5. What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition & Examples

Mechanical energy can be defined by the energy possessed by an object. Explore the two forms of mechanical energy, examples of mechanical energy, and discover the definitions of energy and work.

What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

6. What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

Thermal energy is related to the movement of particles in an object; this motion can generate heat. Learn about how thermal energy is used or can be used in many different situations, from cooking to providing a renewable energy resource.

What is Radiant Energy? - Definition & Examples

7. What is Radiant Energy? - Definition & Examples

Radiant energy exists in various forms, including electromagnetic waves. Learn about the definitions of radiant energy, electromagnetic waves, and high and low energy waves, before seeing some examples of how radiant energy is applied in our everyday lives.

What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples

8. What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples

Chemical energy is energy that is stored in chemicals. Look at some examples, such as sugar and gasoline, and learn about the importance of chemical energy in everyday life, and the functions of exothermic and endothermic reactions.

What is Electrical Energy? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Electrical Energy? - Definition & Examples

Energy comes in many different forms, including electric energy, which is found in charged particles in an electric field. Learn more about the definitions of energy and electrical energy, how electrical energy functions, and how electrical energy is applied.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

10. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.

How to Calculate Specific Heat Capacity for Different Substances

11. How to Calculate Specific Heat Capacity for Different Substances

Different substances have different heat capacities, which are all calculated differently. This lesson explains the difference between heat and temperature, as well as how to calculate specific heat capacity and apply it to everyday life, in aspects such as your body water.

Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

12. Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

Temperature and heat are not the same. Learn about the definitions of both temperature and heat, as well as how energy relates to each, and visualize the differences and relationships between the two in the diagrams provided.

Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms

13. Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms

While the sun is an excellent source of energy, not all forms of life can utilize the sun's energy directly. This lesson describes how plants transform the sun's energy into potential energy stored in sugar, how living organisms utilize energy in sugar to perform work, and how the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration is necessary for life.

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