Ch 14: Thermodynamics: AP Chemistry Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Thermodynamics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about thermodynamics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of Thermodynamics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayThe Laws of Thermodynamics
State Functions in Thermochemistry
First and second laws of thermodynamics
Examples of state functions, why state functions are important in chemistry
TuesdayEnergy transfer in physical and chemical processes
Bond energy
Enthalpy, different ways energy can be transferred, use of thermochemical equations to calculate heat energy transferred in a reaction
Significance of bond energy
Wednesday Using Hess's Law to calculate the change in enthalpy of a reaction
Measuring heat transfer and heat capacity
Predicting the entropy of physical and chemical changes
Thermochemical equations, manipulating thermochemical equations, Hess's Law
Calorimetry, calorimeter, calorie, joule, specific heat capacity, simple equation for heat calculations
Entropy, factors affecting the value of entropy, predicting and calculating entropy change
Thursday Predicting the spontaneity of a reaction
The relationship between enthalpy, free energy and entropy
Free energy and cell potential energy
Free energy, spontaneity and temperature, free energy and spontaneity
Gibbs free energy, spontaneous reactions, effect of temperature on spontaneity of a reaction
The relationship between free energy and potential energy
FridayEndothermic and exothermic reactions
Catalysts and energy diagrams
Law of conservation of energy, difference between endothermic and exothermic reactions
Difference between a catalyst and uncatalyzed reactions
12 Lessons in Chapter 14: Thermodynamics: AP Chemistry Lesson Plans
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The Laws of Thermodynamics

1. 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.

State Functions in Thermochemistry

2. State Functions in Thermochemistry

This lesson defines state functions and explains why state functions are so useful in thermochemistry and thermodynamics. You'll also see a few examples of common state functions.

Enthalpy: Energy Transfer in Physical and Chemical Processes

3. Enthalpy: Energy Transfer in Physical and Chemical Processes

This video explores the relationship between chemistry and energy. We learn the general properties of energy and the concepts of temperature and heat. We will learn about energy flow and consider the enthalpy change during chemical reactions.

Bond Energy: Definition & Equation

4. Bond Energy: Definition & Equation

Chemical reactions involve the breaking and forming of chemical bonds. In this video lesson, we will learn about bond energy and how we can use it to measure the overall energy change of a chemical reaction.

Using Hess's Law to Calculate the Change in Enthalpy of a Reaction

5. Using Hess's Law to Calculate the Change in Enthalpy of a Reaction

Want to make sure you don't blow yourself up during a chemical reaction? This lesson will help you avoid this by teaching you Hess's Law. This is one way to calculate the heat transferred, or enthalpy change, of a chemical reaction.

Calorimetry: Measuring Heat Transfer and Heat Capacity

6. 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.

Predicting the Entropy of Physical and Chemical Changes

7. Predicting the Entropy of Physical and Chemical Changes

Ever wonder why your bedroom always ends up a mess within hours of you tidying up? That is the magic of entropy. In this lesson, you'll learn why disorder is the natural state of matter and how we can predict entropy change in a physical or chemical reaction.

Free Energy: Predicting the Spontaneity of a Reaction

8. Free Energy: Predicting the Spontaneity of a Reaction

Ever heard the phrase 'pushing Jell-O uphill on a hot day'? This describes a hopeless task. In this lesson, we will predict hopeful and hopeless reactions. Or put scientifically, predicting spontaneous (hopeful) and non-spontaneous (hopeless) reactions.

The Relationship Between Enthalpy (H), Free Energy (G) and Entropy (S)

9. The Relationship Between Enthalpy (H), Free Energy (G) and Entropy (S)

In this video lesson, we'll study free energy (G) and its relationship to enthalpy, entropy and temperature. You'll also learn why free energy (G) is the single most useful criterion for predicting the spontaneity and direction of a chemical reaction.

Electrochemistry: Free Energy and Cell Potential Energy

10. Electrochemistry: Free Energy and Cell Potential Energy

Our modern lives are totally dependent on electricity. In this lesson, we learn about electricity spontaneously produced by electrochemical cells or batteries. We make the link between the potential energy they produce and Gibbs free energy.

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

11. 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.

Effect of Catalysts on Rates of Reaction

12. Effect of Catalysts on Rates of Reaction

In this video lesson, we will learn how catalysts speed up chemical reactions. We'll also discuss how catalysts are used in industry and consider the catalysts in our own bodies. A short quiz will test your new knowledge.

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