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Topic Outline--print off before 1/28/14

bulletUnit Objectives This is a summary of the syllabus statements that are detailed on the topic outline.
bulletUnderstand the various temperature scales, how they are created, and how/when they are used
bulletUnderstand the differences among temperature, heat, and internal energy
bulletBe able to explain both macroscopic and microscopic thermal properties of matter
bulletBe able to explain and apply the concepts of specific heat capacity and latent heat capacity
bulletUnderstand the processes of calorimetry and thermal energy transfer
bulletBe able to explain what occurs when a substance undergoes various phase changes
bulletUnderstand assumptions related to the kinetic theory of ideal gases
bulletUnderstand and explain qualitatively how pressure, volume, and temperature of an ideal gas are related

bulletUnit Activities
bullet"Drinking Bird" Demo
bullet"Magic" ice melting blocks demo
bulletvideo demos--thermal expansion; other thermal properties of matter
bulletLab:  calorimetry
bulletLab:  gas pressure vs. volume
bulletLab Design assignment:  Thermometric Properties
bulletFull Lab (Design, DCP, CE):  Factors that affect the rate of evaporation of a liquid (i.e. water)

 

bulletKey Terms
bullettemperature
bulletCelsius temperature scale
bulletKelvin temperature scale
bulletabsolute zero
bullettriple point of water
bulletthermal equilibrium
bulletthermal energy transfer
bulletradiation
bulletconduction
bulletconvection
bulletinternal energy
bulletthermal energy
bulletmole
bulletmolar mass
bulletAvogadro's constant
bulletspecific heat capacity
bulletheat capacity
bulletsolid
bulletliquid
bulletgas
bulletphase change
bulletspecific latent heat
bulletmelting
bulletfreezing
bulletboiling (vaporization)
bulletevaporation
bulletcondensation
bulletsublimation
bulletdeposition
bulletcalorimetry
bulletcalorimeter
bulletpressure
bulletkinetic model of an ideal gas
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