About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our Middle School Earth Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about heat flow and energy transfer. There is no faster or easier way to learn about thermal energy. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about fuel consumption, heat energy, phase changes, energy production in autotrophs and heterotrophs, convection, conduction and radiation.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an Earth science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Thermal Energy unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Thermal Energy Unit Objectives:
- Review some examples of thermal energy.
- Explain the relationship between fuel consumption and heat energy.
- Use a diagram to describe changes in state.
- Explain how autotrophs and heterotrophs obtain energy.
- Understand heat flow in fluids and solids.
- Explore the transfer of heat energy by radiation.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. Transferring Heat Energy by Radiation
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain how heat transfer by radiation works, and why it is important for life on earth. A short quiz will follow.
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Other chapters within the Middle School Earth Science: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Earth's Structure: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Plate Tectonics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Earthquakes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Volcanoes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Rock Deformation & Mountain Building: Homeschool Curriculum
- Shaping the Earth's Surface: Homeschool Curriculum
- Energy in the Earth System: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ecology & Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earth's Energy Sources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earth's Material Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earth Science Research: Homeschool Curriculum