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Thermodynamics

The study of heat and its effects

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Temperature

A measure of the random kinetic energy of the molecules of a substance

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How do Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvi relate to one another?

Absolute zero: 0 K, -273 degrees Celsius, and -460 degrees Fahrenheit
Freezing Point of Water: 273 K, 0 deg Celsius, and 32 deg Fahrenheit
Boiling Point of Water: 373 K, 100 deg Celsius, and 212 deg Fahrenheit
T(Celsius) = T(Kelvin) - 273
T(Fahrenheit) = 9/5 T(Celsius) + 32

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Thermal Expansion

ΔL = α L ΔT
Where α is a constant that describes how a specific material's length changes as temperature changes

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Volume Expansion

ΔV = β V ΔT, where β = 3α

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Heat

The energy transferred between two objects as a result of a difference in temperature. Work has to occur in order for heat to transfer from a cooler body to a warmer body.

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Conduction

Heat transfers through molecular collisions or direct contact. Metals are the best heat conductors due to their mobile electrons, while gases tend to be poor heat conductors.

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Convection

Heat transfers through the physical motion of the heated material, taking place only in liquids and gases. Heated portions rise while cooler portions sink.

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Radiation

Heat transfers through electromagnetic radiation.

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Why do thermos bottles have a shiny surface on the inside?

The shiny surface reflects electromagnetic radiation back into the liquid, slowing down heat loss.

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Units for heat

1 Calorie = 1000 calories = 3.97 Btu = 4184 J

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Specific Heat

Q = mc ΔT = mc(T(final) - T(initial))
Q > 0, heat gain
Q < 0, heat loss
This equation should be used when no phase transition occurs.

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Heat of Transformation

The amount of heat required for a phase change, where q = mL

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How does temperature change during a phase transition?

Temperature does not change during a phase transition, remaining constant.

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Heat of Fusion

The heat of transformation corresponding to a phase change involving liquids and solids

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Heat of Vaporization

The heat of transformation corresponding to a phase change involving liquids and gases

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Pressure

P = F/ A, where units = Pa = N/ m^2 = kg/ (m s^2)
1 atm = 1.013 X 10^5 Pa
Gas pressure on the container is due to the individual molecular forces the gas exerts on the wall of the container.

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In problems of thermodynamics, describe the difference between work done BY a gas and work done ON a gas

Work done BY the system is positive, increasing the volume of the gas, while work done ON the system is negative, decreasing the volume of a gas.

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Work

W = P ΔV
In graphs of P v. V, the total area under the graph is the work done.

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What is the term for when the pressure remains constant?

Isobaric

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First Law of Thermodynamics

ΔE = Q - W (remember that W done BY system is + and W done ON system is - and heat absorbed is + while heat lost is -)

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What are some special cases of the First Law of Thermodynamics?

Adiabatic (Q = 0) ----- ΔU = -W
Constant Volume (W = 0) ----- ΔU = Q
Closed Cycle (ΔU = 0) ----- Q = W

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When does internal energy increase (ΔU > 0)?

When Q > 0, heat absorbed, and W < 0, work done ON system

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When does internal energy decrease (ΔU < 0)?

When Q < 0, heat lost, and W > 0, work done BY system

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Second Law of Thermodynamics

The entropy of a system combined with the surrounding will either increase (for irreversible processes) or not change (for reversible processes)

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Isothermal Processes

Processes where the temperature remains constant throughout.
Entropy = ΔS = Q/T for reversible, isothermal processes