Understanding Thermodynamics for Science and Engineering
Learn more about the laws of thermodynamics, Avogadro's number, and the ideal gas law with this science course.Publisher: Khan Academy
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Thermodynamics is the branch of physics that describes how thermal energy is converted to and from other forms of energy and how it affects matter. This course will first discuss the essential properties of gases and liquids. You will learn that an ideal gas has a pressure and temperature and is in a container with volume. If the temperature increases, the pressure can be kept constant by increasing the pressure of the container.
Temperature is defined as the average kinetic energy per molecule in a sample of matter and is expressed in terms of units or degrees designated on a standard scale. This course will teach you how temperature affects pressure and volume. You will learn that absolute zero is equivalent to -273 degrees Celsius and study how to calculate absolute zero and degrees Celsius in degrees Kelvin. You will also study the mole and Avogadro's Constant.
The study of thermodynamics is important to help you understand the relationship between work, heat, and energy. You will learn how to convert energy from one form to another and the interaction of a system and its surroundings. It is also essential for working in many scientific and engineering disciplines such as physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, and materials science. So, check out this course and expand your knowledge of physics today!
Introduction to Thermodynamics for Science and Engineering
Introduction to Thermodynamics | Learning Outcomes
Thermodynamics - Part 1
Thermodynamics - Part 2
Thermodynamics - Part 3
Thermodynamics - Part 4
Thermodynamics - Part 5
Introduction to Thermodynamics | Lesson Summary
Having completed this course you will be able to:
- Outline the essential properties of gases and liquids
- Calculate an ideal gas P x V = K, where P = Pressure, V = Volume and K = Kinetic constant
- Define temperature and how it affects pressure and volume
- Calculate absolute zero and degrees Celsius in degrees Kelvin
- Describe the mole and Avogadro’s Constant
- Convert between different scales of temperature
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