About This 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe Physical Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 1: The Nature of Science
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 2: Motion
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 3: Forces
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 4: Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 5: Work and Machines
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 7: Electricity
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 8: Magnetism and Its Uses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 9: Energy Sources
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 10: Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 11: Sound
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 12: Electromagnetic Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 13: Light
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 14: Mirrors and Lenses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 15: Classification of Matter
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 16: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 17: Properties of Atoms and the Periodic Table
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 18: Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 19: Elements and Their Properties
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 20: Chemical Bonds
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 21: Chemical Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 22: Solutions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 23: Acids, Bases, and Salts
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 24: Organic Compounds