Ch 17: Praxis Physics: Heat, Energy & Thermodynamics

About This Chapter

Heat and energy influence a number of areas in the world of physics, including thermodynamics. This chapter gives an inside look at these concepts while preparing you for the Praxis Physics exam.

Praxis Physics: Heat, Energy & Thermodynamics - Chapter Summary

Rapid changes in heat and temperature can result in drastic events your students can enjoy learning. This set of video lessons in the Praxis Physics course enables you to study up and refresh your memory for the upcoming Praxis exam and be prepared to get your certification. The topics that will appear on this chapter of the course include the following:

  • Explanation of heat
  • Definition of temperature
  • Diagrams for heat and energy changes
  • Endothermic vs exothermic reactions
  • Energy in nature
  • Heat transfer mechanisms
  • Forms of energy
  • The kinetic molecular theory
  • Laws of thermodynamics

These lessons come equipped with a collection of self-assessment quizzes to track your progress and see just how well-prepared you are for the upcoming Praxis Physics exam. If you find that a certain lesson or topic is giving you trouble, you can contact the physics experts at Study.com with one click and they can give you assistance.

Praxis Physics: Heat, Energy & Thermodynamics Chapter Objectives

The Praxis Physics exam is taken by teachers of various grade levels to get their certification in their respective state. Heat, energy and thermodynamics are included in the section of the same name, which takes up approximately twelve percent of the multiple-choice exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 17: Praxis Physics: Heat, Energy & Thermodynamics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Heat? - Definition & Explanation

1. 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

2. 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.

Changes in Heat and Energy Diagrams

3. 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.

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

4. 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.

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

5. Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Explore a chemical reaction at the molecular level. Learn about exothermic and endothermic reactions, what they look like and what happens when they occur. Understand enthalpy and how you can use it to predict whether a reaction will be exothermic or endothermic.

Thermal Expansion: Definition, Equation & Examples

6. 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.

What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

7. 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

8. 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.

Forms of Energy: Thermal, Radiant, Chemical, Electric & Nuclear Energy

9. Forms of Energy: Thermal, Radiant, Chemical, Electric & Nuclear Energy

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what energy is, and describe in detail thermal, radiant, chemical, electric and nuclear energy. A short quiz will follow.

The Kinetic Molecular Theory: Properties of Gases

10. The Kinetic Molecular Theory: Properties of Gases

What makes a gas ideal? What types of characteristics do ideal gases have? In this lesson, we will discuss the many characteristics of gases and how knowing the microscopic properties of gas particles will help you understand the macroscopic properties of a gas.

The Ideal Gas Law and the Gas Constant

11. The Ideal Gas Law and the Gas Constant

Have you ever wondered why the pressure in your car's tires is higher after you have been driving a while? In this lesson, we are going to discuss the law that governs ideal gases and is used to predict the behavior of real gases: the ideal gas law.

The Laws of Thermodynamics

12. 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.

The Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics

13. 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.

Thermodynamic Processes: Isobaric, Isochoric, Isothermal & Adiabatic

14. Thermodynamic Processes: Isobaric, Isochoric, Isothermal & Adiabatic

Learn about the four thermodynamic processes and how they work: isobaric, isochoric, isothermal and adiabatic. See if you can tell the difference by taking a quiz.

Efficiency & the Carnot Cycle: Equations & Examples

15. 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.

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