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Ch 16: Thermal Physics: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Thermal Physics unit of this High School Physical Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about phase changes and measuring temperature. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This Thermal Physics unit of our High School Physical Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about phase changes and measuring temperature. There is no faster or easier way to learn about thermal physics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn how to convert and measure units of temperature or read a heating curve.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a 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 the Thermal Physics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Thermal Physics Unit Objectives:

  • Learn to convert between Celsius and Kelvin units.
  • Describe a phase change, and show how a heating curve works.
  • Explain how heat is transferred during radiation, convection and conduction.
  • Use the equation for thermal expansion.
  • Find the amount of heat transferred using heat capacity and measurements.

7 Lessons in Chapter 16: Thermal Physics: Homeschool Curriculum
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Introduction to Thermal Physics

1. Introduction to Thermal Physics

After watching this lesson you will be able to explain what thermal physics is, as well as the various areas of study and topics that make it up. A short quiz will follow.

Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvins and Celsius

2. Temperature Units: Converting Between Kelvins and Celsius

Have you ever wondered what the lowest possible temperature is? In this lesson, you will learn what temperature measures. You will also be introduced to the Kelvin scale (an absolute scale) and learn how it relates to the Celsius scale.

Phase Changes and Heating Curves

3. Phase Changes and Heating Curves

Learn the phases - gas, liquid, solid and plasma. Learn what a phase diagram is and what terms describe the movement between phases: melting, sublimating, freezing, vaporization, condensation, and deposition. Discover why heating curves have plateaus, what a phase transition is, and what happens during this transition.

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.

Heat Transfer & Phase Changes

5. Heat Transfer & Phase Changes

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what heat transfer is and describe the various phase changes that can result from heat transfer in terms of the position of the molecules. You will also be able to give the names of those phase changes. A short quiz will follow.

Thermal Expansion: Importance & Examples

6. Thermal Expansion: Importance & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what thermal expansion is, why it is important, provide some examples of thermal expansion in real life and complete basic thermal expansion calculations. A short quiz will follow.

Calorimetry: Measuring Heat Transfer and Heat Capacity

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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