Study Guide

Thermodynamics Topics

Temperature and Heat

Whether we're sitting by the pool or on a sandy beach in warm and sunny Spain, we complain about...

Thermal Expansion

When we add heat to objects, the temperature increases. The molecules absorb the heat energy and...

The Ideal Gas Law

We just learned that matter expands when heated and contracts when cooled. We also learned that...

Kinetic Theory of Gases

We use the kinetic theory of gases to peer through the galaxy of the ideal gas law to look at the...

The First Law of Thermodynamics

The First Law of Thermodynamics is "Do not talk about thermodynamics." Whelp. Lesson over, we...

The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

The First Law of Thermodynamics had a lesson for us—everything is even and fair. No matter...

The Carnot Cycle

This is the part where we get to talk about the Napoleonic wars and cholera, and then think about...

Entropy

It might not have a booth at the county fair, but thermodynamics still has a booming...

Common Mistakes

Remember the units! This is true for all of thermodynamics. The constants for latent heat have...

Test Your Knowledge

1. How much heat should be added to boil 500 ml of water that has been sitting at 15 °C? The...

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