Tutorials: Monday after school
Science Olympiad: Monday after school
Middle of the Year Benchmark #1 (MOY) on Block Day
Homework: Think Thermal Reading and Questions - Due Friday
Vocabulary: thermal equilibrium, thermal energy, conduction, convection, radiation, independent (manipulated) variable, dependent (responding) variable, constant, control
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):
6.9A: investigate methods of thermal energy transfer, including conduction, convection, and radiation.
6.9B verify through investigations that thermal energy moves in a predictable pattern from warmer to cooler until all the substances attain the same temperature such as an ice cube melting.
Background Information About Thermal Equilibrium:
Thermodynamic equilibrium is the effect that two objects with different temperatures will reach new temperatures that are the same (and in between the original two). During the process of reaching thermodynamic equilibrium, heat (thermal energy) is transferred between the objects. Heat is transferred so that the substance with the higher temperature will transfer heat to the substance with the lower temperature. These substances will then reach and maintain a constant temperature. Thermal equilibrium is the subject of the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics and is described in the 1st and 2nd laws of Thermodynamics.