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Activity 1.3.

3 Thermodynamics
Introduction
Think back to the last time someone complained about a door being left open. What
did you notice about the temperature within the room as a result of the open door? In
Activity 1.3.3 you will investigate the effects of work, thermal energy, and energy on
a system, as in the case of the room with the door left open.

Procedure
Answer the following questions as your teacher discusses the Introduction to
Thermodynamics presentation.
1. Define thermodynamics.
The study of the effects of work, thermal energy, and energy on a system
2. List three examples of a thermodynamic system.
a. Nuclear power
b. Electronic heat sink
c. Rocket launch
3. Define thermal energy.
Kinetic energy in transit from one object to another due to temperature
difference
4. Define temperature.
The average kinetic energy of particles in an object

Scale
Celsius
Fahrenheit

Freezing point of water


0C
32F

Kelvin
273K
5. Fill in the table below with the correct scale and unit.

Boiling point of water


100C
212F
373K

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6. Define absolute zero.


All kinetic energy is removed: 0 K
7. Define thermal equilibrium.
Touching objects within a system to reach the same temp
8. Define the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics.
If two systems are separately found to be in thermal equilibrium with a third
system, the first two systems are in thermal equilibrium with each other.
9. Define the First Law of Thermodynamics.
Thermal energy can change form and location, but it cannot be created or
destroyed.
10. List two ways thermal energy can be increased in a system.
a. Adding thermal energy
b. Performing work on the system
11. Define the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Thermal energy flows from hot to cold.
12. Define entropy.
The measure of how evenly distributed heat is within a system
13. Define convection.
The transfer of thermal energy by movement of fluid (liquid or gas)
14. List two examples of convection.
a. Weather
b. Boiler systems
15. Define conduction.
The transfer of thermal energy within an object or between objects from
molecule to molecule
16. List two examples of conduction.
a. Metal spoon
b. Heat through a wall

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Conduction Equations:

17. Define the following variables.


Q = Energy transferred
m = Mass of material absorbing or releasing energy
c = Specific heat capacity of a material (J/kg C)
P = Rate of energy transfer
t = Change in time
k = Thermal conductivity
A = Area of thermal conductivity
L = Thickness of material
T = Change in Temperature

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(1822) A 1 kg piece of aluminum metal at 90 C is placed in 4 liters (= 4 kg) of


water at 25 C. Determine the final temperature (T f).
18. List all known values.
mAl = 1.00 kg
mwater = 4.00 kg
TAl = 90.0 C
Twater = 25.0 C
Cp-Al = 900. J/kg C
Cp-water = 4184 J/kg C
19. List all unknown values.
Tfinal
20. Select equations.

21. Apply known values.

22. Solve.

81,000J - 900. (J/ oC)(Tf ) = 16,720(J/ oC) (Tf ) - 418,000J


(81,000 + 418,000)J = (16,720 + 900.)(J/ oC) (Tf )
Tf =

(81,000 + 418,000)J
499,000 J
=
= 28.3o C
o
o
(16,720 + 900.)(J/ C) 17,620(J/ C)

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(2327) The top of a 3/16 inch thick acrylic testing box is covered with an unknown
inch insulation material (black). The dimensions of box are 10 inch x 10 inch on
each side. The sides and are wrapped with a control insulting material (blue) so that
the almost all heat loss is through the 10 inch x 10 inch unknown insulating material
on the top of the box (assume no heat is lost from the bottom or sides of the box).
Determine the thermal conductivity for the insulating material if a 25 W bulb is used
to heat the box. You may assume the only heat loss from the box occurs through the
10 x 10 test area. The bulb maintains the inside temperature at 10 C higher than the
outside temperature.

23. List all known values.


A = 10.0 in. x 10.0 in. = 0.254 m x 0.254 m = 0.064516 m2
T = 10.0 C
P = 25.0 W
L = 0.50 in. = 0.0127 m
24. List all unknown values.
k = Thermal conductivity
25. Select equations.

K= pl/a T
26. Apply known values.

k=

25.0W0.0127m
0.064516m 2 10.0C

27. Solve.

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28. Define U-value.


Measure of a materials ability to conduct heat
29. Define R-value.
Measure of a materials ability to resist heat movement
(3031) Use the provided R-value chart and illustration below to calculate the Rvalue of the wall cavity and the R-value at the stud location.

30. Wall cavity R-value


5/8 drywall = 0.56
Fiberglass batt = 11.00 (3.5 in. x 3.142)
Extruded polystyrene = 4.00
Wood bevel lap siding = 0.80
0.56 + 11.00 + 4.00 + 0.80 = R16.36

31. R-value at stud location


5/8 drywall = 0.56
2 x4 stud = 4.38
Extruded polystyrene = 4.00
Wood bevel lap siding = 0.80
0.56 + 4.38 + 4.00 + 0.80 = R9.74

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32. Define radiation.


The process by which energy is transmitted through a medium, including
empty space, as electromagnetic waves
33. List two examples of radiation.
a. Microwave
b. X-ray
34. Define Stefans Law.
All objects lose and gain thermal energy by electromagnetic radiation.
(3539) A student travels on a school bus in the middle of winter from home to
school. The school bus temperature is 58 F. The students skin temperature is 91.4
F. Determine the net energy transfer from the students body during the 20 min ride
to school due to electromagnetic radiation. Note: Skin emissivity is 0.90, and the
surface area of the student is 1.50 m2.
35. List all known values.
A = 1.50 m2
e = 0.90
6 = 5.6696 x 10-8 w/ m2 k 4
t = 20.00 min = 1200. s
Bus temp = 58.0 F = 287.60 K
Skin temp = 91.4 F = 306.15 K

36. List all unknown values.


P = Rate of energy transfer
Q = Energy transfer
37. Select equations.

Q = P t

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38. Apply known values to equations.

Pnet =Ae(T 4- T 4)
Solve for (T4 T4)
287.604 K = 6,841,566,093.34 K
306.154 K = 8,784,904,710.59 K
8,784,904,710.59 K - 6,841,566,093.34 K = 1,943,338,617.25 K
Pnet = (5.6696 x 10-8 w/ m2 k 4) x (1.50 m2) x (0.90) x (1,943,338,617.25 K)
= 148.74 W

Q = 148.74 W x 1200. s
39. Solve.
Q = 178,000 J
40. Define geothermal energy.
Energy generated from the thermal energy stored beneath the Earths
surface

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