Physics Course Online: Physics (Part 4): Gasses

"This is going to be a fun physics group!" -- Dr. Scott

Course Overview

Physics Part 4 is about gasses. It’s a continuation course for those who have met at least 1 of the following:

Note that you don’t have to take Physics Part 3 about electricity to take this course. The Physics 3 topics about electricity are not necessary for this course.

How to Join This Live Class?

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Course Data

Materials Included: The course has 15 printable pdf files including worksheets, answer keys and class notes.

Time commitment: Learners typically spend 1.5-2.5 hours per week, which includes combined live in-class time and out-of-class time.

Course duration: Semester length (half school year) or summer session.

Instructor Support Included: Dr. Scott teaches the live class personally. He is available for questions and evaluates worksheets by email. There are grades and a certificate of completion at the end.

Who It's For

– middle/high school students with previous physics experience
– younger learners with an advanced interest in science
– adults looking for a science education
– teachers seeking a fresh perspective on chemistry

Learning Outcomes

Learners completing Physics Part 4 will be able to:

  1. Understand gas behavior and thermodynamics
  2. Apply Gas Law calculations
  3. Understand the kinetic molecular theory of gasses
  4. Access scientific gas phase data
  5. Calculate molar and mass density
  6. Appreciate the structure of Earth’s atmosphere

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Evaporation and Boiling

We will consider the energy involved in gas formation.

Lesson 2: Gas Phase Data

We’ll better understand thermochemical gas phase data from NIST and other sources.

Lesson 3: Gas Laws

We’ll discuss the ideas contained in the equation PV = nRT.

Lesson 4: Gas Mass and Density

We’ll learn how gasses mostly behave the same, except for their mass density.

Lesson 5: Ideal Gasses

We’ll break down the kinetic molecular theory of gasses, and what it means for a gas to be ideal.

Course Sequence

Physics Part 4: Gasses is an advanced physics continuation course. Take this course after completing both Intro to Physics (Part 1) and Physics Part 2: Waves, or if you’ve completed Second Semester Chemistry you may take this course.

Physics Part 1 is followed by Physics Part 2: Waves. Advanced physics courses include Physics Part 4: Gasses, which can be taken before Physics Part 3: Electricity.

Meet Your Instructor

Hi, I’m Dr. Scott, the course instructor and author of the digital materials that you get with the course.

As a former college professor, engineer, and scientist, I think it’s really strange that most learners don’t get much physics until about their last year of high school, if at all. Physics is all around us. And it really doesn’t take tons of annoying math to appreciate it.

The focus of my courses is a practical physics education, and we’ll strategically avoid most of the complicated equations, weird math, and long calculations that plague the typical physics classroom.