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High School Physics Made Simple – Kinetic Theory and Thermal Physics

I will be explaining in detail in eight (8) days Kinetic Theory and Thermal Physics 1. Kinetic Model of Matter; 2. Temperature and Its Measurements; 3. Measuring Heat Energy; 4. Methods of Heat Transfer; 5. The Behavior of Gases.
Brian Birbal
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
This session will take eight (8) classes to complete. It will deal with the following:-

1.	Class 1 – The Kinetic Model of Matter
2.	Class 2 – Temperature and Its Measurements
3.	Class 3 – Measuring Heat Energy
4.	Class 4 – Methods of Heat Transfer
5.	Class 5 - The Behavior of Gases.

1.	The Kinetic Model of Matter
a.	state evidence that matter is made up of particles
b.	cite evidence that the particles of matter are moving (Brownian motion)
c.	cite evidence for the existence of forces between particles
d.	use the Kinetic Theory to explain differences in the macroscopic properties of solids, liquids and gases (vapours)
e.	use the Kinetic Theory to explain simple common phenomena, such as evaporation and boiling
f.	demonstrate that temperature remains constant during a phase change;
g.	give examples of the cooling effect of evaporation
h.	explain gas pressure in terms of molecular motion
i.	relate the temperature of a body to the average kinetic energy of its molecules
j.	use the Kinetic Theory to account for thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases
k.	explain everyday observations of the effects of thermal expansion
l.	discuss useful applications of thermal expansion

2.	Temperature and Its Measurements
a.	relate temperature to the direction of net energy transfer
b.	identify physical properties that vary with temperature and therefore may be used as the basis for measuring temperature
c.	define the fixed points on the Celsius scale
d.	relate the use of a thermometer to its design
e.	use the (approximate) relationship between the Kelvin and Celsius scales:
f.	T = θ + 273, where T is the temperature in kelvins and θ is the temperature in °C

3.	Measuring Heat Energy

a.	differentiate between the Caloric Theory and the Kinetic Theory of heat as they existed in the 18th century
b.	explain how Rumford’s cannon-boring experiments provided evidence against the Caloric Theory
c.	recall the role of Joule’s experiment in establishing the principle of conservation of energy
d.	define specific heat capacity
e.	define heat capacity
f.	recall the equation EH = mcΔT and use it to solve problems on specific heat
capacity and heat capacity
g.	describe experiments to determine by electrical heating the specific heat
capacity of metals and liquids
h.	perform experiments to measure specific heat capacity by the method of mixtures
i.	define specific latent heat
j.	recall the equation EH = ml and use it to solve problems on specific latent heat
k.	perform an experiment to determine the specific latent heat of fusion of ice
using a container of negligible heat capacity
l.	describe an experiment to determine the specific latent heat of vaporization of water

4.	Methods of Heat Transfer

a.	explain the transfer of thermal energy (heat) by conduction
b.	describe an experiment to compare qualitatively the thermal conductivities of different solids
c.	describe an experiment to show that water is a poor conductor of heat
d.	relate the fact that air is a very poor conductor of heat to the insulation properties of certain materials
e.	explain the transfer of thermal energy by convection
f.	describe experiments that demonstrate convection in fluids
g.	relate convection to common phenomena
h.	recall that thermal energy can be transferred by electromagnetic (infrared) radiation
i.	describe an experiment to demonstrate that radiant energy (electromagnetic radiation) does not need a medium for its transmission
j.	describe experiments to investigate the factors on which the absorption and emission of radiation depend
k.	recall that good absorbers are also good emitters
l.	relate the phenomenon of radiation to everyday applications and experience
m.	explain the glasshouse (greenhouse) effect
n.	relate the principles of thermal energy transfer to the design of devices and homes

5.	The Behavior of Gases.

a.	describe experiments to investigate the relationships among the pressure, the volume and the temperature of a gas
b.	relate graphs of pressure or volume against temperature to the establishment of the Kelvin temperature scale
c.	use the (approximate) relationship between the Kelvin and Celsius scales, T = θ + 273, where T is in K and θ is in °C
d.	state the following laws and use them to solve problems:
–	Boyle’s law
–	Charles’ law
–	the pressure law
e.	recall that PV/T = constant and use this to solve problems
f.	give qualitative explanations for the gas laws in terms of the Kinetic Theory
In order for each student to determine their own level of understanding of the High School Physics I will provide free of charge and outside of the sixty (60) minutes class questions to be answered. This of course is optional and solely based on the individual student. I would urge ALL students to answer as many questions as possible so that they would know where they need to improve, but it is optional.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Every class will have questions to be answered outside of the sixty (60) minutes class. This questions and answers will be done free of charge, as it will not be part of the sixty (60) minutes class.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I will present experiments via the document that I will be teaching from and some experiments if conducted may need parental supervision. These experiments do not need to be executed and are just for knowledge. But if a student has the capability to execute then they are free to do so. These experiments are usually conducted in a lab which is a controlled environment. If a student does not have a safe environment to conduct a parent should NOT allow any student to conduct any experiments.
During the course of seventeen (17) years I have compiled a complete High School Physics tutorial that I have assembled from various text books to keep up with the changing syllabus, as well as to cater for the various learning levels of every student that I have taught. I have tutored to students that were getting Fs and Ds elevated them to Bs and As.


Brian Birbal
Lives in Canada
Mathematics & Physics Tutor, Maintenance & Reliability Engineer, Mentor
24 total reviews
96 completed classes

About Me

I have been a Mathematics and Physics private tutor for the past seventeen (17) years. During that time, I have tutored over four hundred (400) students ages 15 to 18 who were not very academically inclined and who were getting Fs and Ds and... 
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