The Book of Phyz - AP Physics 2

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1 Thermal Expansion
Why do most objects expand when heated?
 2 Phase Change
The story of phases--from solid to liquid to gas--and the transitions from one to another.
3 FaStudy: Thermodynamics
The quick-n-dirty essentials of thermodynamics. Coming soon...ish.
1 Molecular Speed Distribution Springboard - Answers
A classroom discussion activity to clarify the concept of molecular speed distribution as is applies to the kinetic theory of heat.
2 Kinetic Theory
Just some exercises to help distinguish between high average kinetic energy and high average speed.
Phase Change Graphing - Answers
Student plots temperature versus heat for heating water from solid to liquid to gas.
The First Law of Thermodynamics Springboard - Answers
Introduction to the relationship between the change in internal energy of a gas, heat added to the gas, and work done ON the gas. Conforms to the "chemists" first law: it's all about what happens to the gas. Yucko!
PV Processes Springboard - Answers
Get your isobars, isochors, isotherms, and adiabats here (and find out what they are).
PV Cycles Springboard - Answers
The nitty gritty play-by-play of what an engine does and how it does it.

1 Pinocchio Pipe
A demonstration of linear thermal expansion made visible.


Specific Heat Capacity
Opens with a heating race between four equal-mass samples. Develops specific heat equation step-by-step.

WeatherSchool: Specific Heat and Climate; Convection and Wind at the Beach - Answers
Why do coastal cities in the West enjoy nicer weather than coastal cities in the East? Why does the wind at the beach change direction when the sun goes down?

Thermal Meltdown
Specific heat demo. Three hot metal cylinders with equal mass melt down a wax inclined plane.

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