Physics Tutorial 13.3 - Absorption of Heat

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There are 5 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Absorption of Heat. The tutorial starts with an introduction to Absorption of Heat and is then followed with a list of the separate lessons, the tutorial is designed to be read in order but you can skip to a specific lesson or return to recover a specific physics lesson as required to build your physics knowledge of Absorption of Heat. you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.

In this Physics tutorial, you will learn:

  • What are good and bad absorbers of heat?
  • How does the heat travel between objects?
  • What are the factors affecting the amount of heat absorbed by a substance?
  • What is the specific heat capacity?
  • What is the conversion factor between units of heat energy?
  • What are the main features of the stable states of matter?
  • What are the phases of state change?
  • What is latent heat and why it is called so?
  • What is the specific latent heat of fusion and vaporization?
  • How to calculate the amount of heat absorbed or released by a substance?


What happens to the temperature of an object when it is heated? Do you think different materials need the same amount of heat energy to increase their temperature at the same rate? Why?

How many states of matter do you know? How do they differ from each other?

What happens to the molecular bonds during the change in state of matter?

In this tutorial, we will discuss about everything related to heat energy and its effect on the structure of matter. This is a tutorial in which the behaviour of matter when it absorbs or releases heat energy will be explained in molecular terms.

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Thermodynamics Learning Material
Tutorial IDPhysics Tutorial TitleTutorialVideo
13.3Absorption of Heat
Lesson IDPhysics Lesson TitleLessonVideo
13.3.1Absorption of Heat. Good and Bad Absorbers of Heat
13.3.2Joule or Calorie?
13.3.3States of Matter
13.3.4Change of State
13.3.5Latent Heat. Specific Latent Heat of Fusion and Vaporization

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