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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
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.
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.
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.
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