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Ch 6: Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 6: Thermal Energy

About This Chapter

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

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Glencoe Thermal Energy chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the thermal energy 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:

  • The definition of temperature
  • Examples and the definition of thermal energy
  • The meaning of heat
  • The equation for determining specific heat capacity
  • Means of heat transfer
  • The qualities and examples of conductors and insulators
  • The types of heating systems
  • To understand solar energy
  • The law of conservation of energy
  • The second law of thermodynamics
  • Heat efficiency and engines
  • The types of heat movers

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8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 6: Thermal Energy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

1. 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.

How to Calculate Specific Heat Capacity for Different Substances

2. 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.

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.

Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating

5. Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating

Solar energy is the energy we harness from the sun. We can use this energy to heat our homes. Learn about the design elements needed for passive solar heating and the equipment needed for active solar heating.

First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy

6. 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.

Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems

7. 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

8. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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