About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering thermal energy material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about thermal energy. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding thermal energy
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about thermal energy
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources
How It Works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the thermal energy chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the thermal energy chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any thermal energy question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a thermal energy unit of a standard middle school earth science course. Topics covered include:
- Definition and examples of thermal energy
- Process of making heat energy from fuel
- Changes in state from heat and energy
- Heterotrophs and autotrophs
- Conduction and convection
- Radiation as a means of transferring heat energy through space
1. 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.
2. How Fuel Becomes Heat Energy
When we burn wood, coal, or gas, we create heat. But where did that heat come from? Learn how fuel becomes heat energy, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Modeling Changes in State: Heat & Energy
Matter exists in different phases, but it can also change from one phase to another. It's not magic, it's energy! In this lesson, you'll explore how energy can change matter from one state to another and what the names of these phase changes are.
4. Heat Flow in Solids & Fluids
Learn about heat flow in solids and fluids: discover heat flow by conduction, convection, and radiation. See if you can tell the difference in a quiz.
5. Transferring Heat Energy by Radiation
After completing this lesson, you'll be able to explain how heat transfer by radiation works, and why it is important for life on Earth. You'll also learn how radiation is produced.
6. Autotrophs and Heterotrophs
Ever wonder where your energy comes from? What about a plant's energy? And where does it go? Learn about the flow of energy through the food chain in this lesson on autotrophs and heterotrophs.
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- Understanding Plate Tectonics: Help and Review
- Understanding Earthquakes: Help and Review
- Understanding Volcanoes: Help and Review
- Rock Deformation & Mountain Building: Help and Review
- Shaping the Earth's Surface: Help and Review
- Energy in the Earth System: Help and Review
- Ecology & Ecosystems: Help and Review
- Earth's Energy Resources: Help and Review
- Earth's Material Resources: Help and Review
- Earth Science Investigation & Experimentation: Help and Review
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