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Students examine the efficiency of energy conversion as a consequence of the laws of thermodynamics by measuring the power radiated by a light bulb. Students compare the electric power input and the power radiated in order to calculate the efficiency with which the bulb converts electric energy to light.
Students are introduced to the concept of thermodynamics. In groups, they participate in experiments in which they discover how potential energy converts into kinetic energy. They use the internet to research the components of a combustion engine and explain the four-stroke combustion cycle. They use all of their information to create a Science Fair project.
Students examine the relationship between energy and the environment. In groups, they participate in experiments to discover the law of thermodynamics and the differences between potential, kinetic and mechanical forms of energy. They examine the different types of fossil fuels and determine which alternatives would be best for the environment.
While this resource does not provide problems for chemistry learners to solve, it outlines skills that they should have and concepts that they should grasp. Topics include thermodynamics, periodicity, redox equilibria, transition metals, and inorganic compounds. This could be a personal tool for you to help plan your curriculum, or you could hand it out to your class as a study guide prior to an exam.
This is a review of how advanced chemistry learners handle thermodynamics equations and calculations. Charts and graphs are included for them to read in addition to solving related problems. You will find this resource useful as a review homework or preparation for a unit quiz.
A brief chemistry instructional activity provides two different example problems. When learners complete the instructional activity, they practice calculating the specific heat of a metal and the enthalpy for a reaction. Teach your advanced chemists how to work with thermodynamic concepts with these example problems.
When first learning thermodynamics theory, your advanced chemistry learners could use these practice problems. They calculate enthalpy and entropy changes for different reactions and describe signs of change in different situations. This worksheet employs different strategies for assessing student understanding. Use it as a quiz.
In this electricity and thermodynamics worksheet, students review the major concepts of both series circuits and parallel circuits, they review types of thermal transfer, they match electricity terms with their definitions, they fill in the blanks with terms related to electricity and the movement of electrons and they find current, voltage, and power in given problems.
A continuation of a lessons on thermodynamics, this handout serves as an explanation of Gibbs Free Energy. It elaborates on the various reaction conditions and the resulting energy. Use the first page when you are teaching these concepts. Chemistry apprentices will be able to refer to it later when they pracitce problem solving. The second page offers two examples that you can work through with them to enhance their learning.
Illustrating different thermodynamic reactions, this resource prompts young chemists to describe the changes in enthalpy, entropy, free energy, or temperature. The compact learning exercise gives learners a chance to demonstrate their concept comprehension. Use it as a homework or quiz.