Turn Up the Heat! Physics of Fire, Furnaces and Nuclear Fission


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In this introduction to thermodynamics, we will examine how heat and temperature are measured, how heat energy is transferred, and how heat affects different materials. The emphasis will be on concepts rather than computation, with lots of engaging demonstrations to clarify the physics and keep things lively.

Learning objectives

  • The distinction between heat and temperature.
  • Understanding the transfer of heat conduction, convection, and radiation.
  • The influence of specific heat capacity on the Earth’s climate.
  • How evaporation helps to keep us cool.
  • The effects of thermal expansion.

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