Ch 31: ILTS Biology: Thermal Physics & Thermodynamics

About This Chapter

Brush up on the physics of heat and energy and the applications of the laws of thermodynamics as you prepare for the ILTS Biology exam. This chapter of our study guide includes video lessons and practice quizzes that will aid in your review of these topics for the test.

ILTS Biology: Thermal Physics & Thermodynamics - Chapter Summary

These lessons will help refresh your knowledge of the fundamentals of thermodynamics prior to taking the ILTS Biology test. Recall what you previously learned about kinetic energy as well as the law of conservation of energy as you progress through the chapter. Concepts covered in these video lessons include:

  • Heat and phase changes
  • Energy diagrams and heating curves
  • Efficiency levels and the Carnot cycle in a heat engine
  • The laws of thermodynamics, including the zeroth law
  • The equation for thermal expansion

These lessons are created and taught by experts who understand what success on the exam requires. Lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam let you evaluate your knowledge of these topics, and a timeline with clickable links to the video makes it simple to go back and review specific passages. You can track your study through the Dashboard, which even offers an ask-an-expert feature with which you can contact the instructors.

ILTS Biology: Thermal Physics & Thermodynamics Chapter Objectives

The ILTS Biology exam assesses your understanding of biology fundamentals and is required for Illinois teacher certification in the subject. The 125 questions on the exam are multiple-choice and are divided into six subareas. Questions on the material highlighted in this Thermal Physics and Thermodynamics chapter are part of the physical science subarea of the exam. The quizzes and comprehensive exams in this study guide, like the ILTS Biology exam, consist of multiple-choice questions, so completing them will give you experience with testing in this format.

5 Lessons in Chapter 31: ILTS Biology: Thermal Physics & Thermodynamics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Phase Changes and Heating Curves

1. Phase Changes and Heating Curves

Learn the phases - gas, liquid, solid and plasma. Learn what a phase diagram is and what terms describe the movement between phases: melting, sublimating, freezing, vaporization, condensation, and deposition. Discover why heating curves have plateaus, what a phase transition is, and what happens during this transition.

Thermal Expansion: Definition, Equation & Examples

2. 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.

The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics

3. The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics

After watching this video, you will be able to state the zeroth law of thermodynamics, what it means, and why it is important. A short quiz will follow.

The Laws of Thermodynamics

4. The Laws of Thermodynamics

Learn about the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Find out how energy is generated, how it converts from one form to another, and what happens to energy in a closed system.

Efficiency & the Carnot Cycle: Equations & Examples

5. Efficiency & the Carnot Cycle: Equations & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the Carnot Cycle, including what it represents and how it works, and calculate the efficiency of a particular Carnot 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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