Ch 3: 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

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: Introduction to Thermodynamics
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What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

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

This lesson describes the nature of energy and how it is transferred from one source into another. Additionally, it will describe the significance of energy in natural systems.

Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

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

This video defines and describes kinetic and potential energy. You'll learn how different types of energy can be classified as potential and kinetic. You'll also find out how kinetic and potential energy are transformed.

First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy

3. 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

4. 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.

Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

5. Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

Did you know that temperature and heat are not the same thing? Did you know that the temperature of water doesn't change when it boils? This lesson describes the relationship between heat and temperature. Diagrams are used to illustrate the relationship between heat and temperature during phase changes.

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