Unit 9 – Thermal Physics

It’s time for a hot topic! This is a huge branch of physics and in many ways is one of the most fundamental branches of science because it deals with energy flow. It even has a 0th law! Now that’s fundamental!

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Full teacher notes available by request via email to Michelle.Burgess@avonlakecityschools.org
from an official educational institution email address.


  • PhET Gas Properties Simulation
  • You’re not dummies, but this stuff is hard for a lot of people. The “For Dummies” crew broke the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics into simple terms, which may help you with the basic concepts.
  • Interested in cars? Here’s how what we’re doing relates to car engines, courtesy of How Stuff Works.


    • Adiabatic Process in a Piston

    • Carnot Engine

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