In the thermodynamics unit, students will learn the main concepts about temperature, temperature scales, kinetic molecular theory, ideal gas laws and the Stirling engine. In this unit, we will discuss and learn aspects of physics and chemistry that govern the behavior of an ideal gas.
Thermodynamics is the branch of physics and chemistry that deals with the relationships between properties of a substance, such as pressure, temperature, volume and the flow of energy associated with changes in these properties. Thermodynamics explains how the ice cubs that melt slowly in a beverage help to keep that beverage cold. Thermodynamics explains how the clothes someone wears keep that person warm. The human body itself is a complex thermodynamic system: some of the chemical energy released from digesting food is used to maintain body’s temperature at a healthy value, while some of the thermal energy is transferred to the air around the body.