Ch 2: Introduction to Thermodynamics

About This Chapter

If you need to learn more about thermodynamics in an effort to gear up for a big test or are simply looking for information for your own benefit, then these short lessons can help. Get the facts about topics such as types of energy and the laws of thermodynamics.

Introduction to Thermodynamics - Chapter Summary

You might already be aware of the principles of thermodynamics or you might be new to this subject. Either way, you can study these lessons to find out more about thermodynamics topics. Our instructors present this information in a way that is easy for you to follow through short lessons and quizzes. If you have any questions about the lessons in this chapter, the instructors are here to help you. By the time you finish this chapter, you should be able to recall the following:

  • What the nature of energy is
  • Differences between kinetic and potential energy and their relationship
  • How energy is presented in the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • How entropy of a system increases over time
  • How to model changes in the state of heat and energy

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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