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Physics Honors/AP 1 and 2

Chapter 15: 7-12 Assignment

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Physics 15: 7-12 Entropy


Reading Preparation

Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 15: Sections 7 to 11.

Study Points

Key Equations

  • Entropy Δ S   =   Q T   = Δ S sys   +   Δ S env   0  

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: Inertia, Acceleration, and Force

Study Activity

Use the Plink probability simulator to explore probability and statistics in system. Run the introduction several times to get a sense for the distribution of balls. Then use the lab to see how changing the number of rows and the binary probabily shifts the distribution.

Physics simulation Java Applets are the product of the PHET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Optional Websites:

Physics for Idiots site gives a very basic definition of the concepts required for thermodynamics and is a useful check for your understanding of these simple but profound ideas.

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

If you want lab credit for this course, you must complete at least 12 labs (honors course) or 18 labs (AP students). One or more lab exercises are posted for each chapter as part of the homework assignment. We will be reviewing lab work at regular intervals, so do not get behind!