Ch 32: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Thermodynamics

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Take another look at topics ranging from the work-energy theorem and the definition of power to mechanisms of heat transfer and the laws of thermodynamics. This chapter's video lessons and quizzes can get you ready for thermodynamics questions on the MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) exam.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Thermodynamics - Chapter Summary

Get a quick review of energy and thermodynamics concepts when you watch the video lessons in this MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary) chapter. We'll help you prepare for questions appearing in the exam's physical sciences content domain through lessons on the following topics:

  • Definition and characteristics of work
  • Work done by a variable force
  • Significance of energy in nature
  • Potential and kinetic energy
  • The work-energy theorem
  • Conservation of mechanical energy
  • Definition and equation for power
  • Heat and temperature
  • Mechanisms of heat transfer
  • Applications of calorimetry
  • First and second laws of thermodynamics
  • Mechanical and thermal energy

In addition to videos that break up instruction into 5- to 10-minute lessons, this chapter contains transcripts with key terms in bold as well as multiple-choice quizzes you can take at any point to see which topics you'll want to spend more time studying.

MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Thermodynamics Chapter Objectives

If you're seeking a Michigan teaching endorsement in the area of secondary integrated science, you'll need to pass this MTTC exam. The test includes 100 multiple-choice questions, around a quarter of which will measure your physical science knowledge.

Lessons in this chapter can get you ready for questions on the relationship between work and energy, the law of conservation of energy, energy types, the differences between temperature and heat, methods of heat transfer and the concept of entropy as it relates to energy conversion.

15 Lessons in Chapter 32: MTTC Integrated Science (Secondary): Thermodynamics
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Work: Definition, Characteristics, and Examples

1. Work: Definition, Characteristics, and Examples

Pushing a wall all day may feel like work, but unless you get that wall moving you're not doing any work according to the rules of physics. In this video lesson, you'll learn how work is defined as well as how to calculate the amount of work done on an object.

Work Done by a Variable Force

2. Work Done by a Variable Force

Doing work on an object is a simple concept: we apply a certain force over a certain distance. But in real life, that force is rarely constant. Therefore, we need to understand variable forces and be able to calculate them accurately.

What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

3. 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

4. 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.

Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application

5. Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application

Work and energy are closely related in physics. In this lesson, you'll learn what that relationship is as well as how we can apply it to various situations.

Conservation of Mechanical Energy

6. Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Energy comes in many forms and for any system can never be created or destroyed. This holds true for mechanical energy, which also obeys this law of conservation of energy. In this video lesson, you'll explore how mechanical energy is converted or transferred between forms and objects.

Power: Definition and Mathematics

7. Power: Definition and Mathematics

Work involves moving an object with a force, but power tells us how quickly that work is done. In this lesson, you will learn about how power depends on both work and time as well as see examples of how to calculate power.

What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

8. What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of heat and find out how it differs from temperature. You will also explore practical applications of heat such as expansion, thermodynamics, heat transfer, specific heat, phase transitions, and heat engines.

What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement

9. What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement

In the most intuitive terms, temperature refers to how hot or cold something is. Learn more about temperature as a measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in an object and test your knowledge with quiz questions.

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

10. 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.

Calorimetry: Measuring Heat Transfer and Heat Capacity

11. Calorimetry: Measuring Heat Transfer and Heat Capacity

This video lesson explains the technique of calorimetry used to measure heat transfer in chemical reactions. You will see how different materials have different specific heat capacities. You will learn how to carry out heat calculations using a simple equation.

First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy

12. 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

13. 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.

What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition & Examples

14. What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition & Examples

In physics, energy is how work gets done. This video describes one important type of energy, mechanical energy, and provides examples of both kinetic and potential mechanical energy.

What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

15. 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.

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