VCE Physics/Unit 1/AoS 1/An investigation related to thermal physics

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

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Relevant Dot Points from the Study Design[edit | edit source]

  • apply thermodynamic principles to investigate at least one issue related to the environmental impacts of human activity with reference to the enhanced greenhouse effect:
    • proportion of national energy use due to heating and cooling of homes
    • comparison of the operation and efficiencies of domestic heating and cooling systems: heat pumps; resistive heaters; reverse-cycle air conditioners; evaporative coolers; solar hot water systems; and/or electrical resistive hot water systems
    • possibility of homes being built that do not require any active heating or cooling at all
    • use of thermal imaging and infrared thermography in locating heating losses in buildings and/or system malfunctions; cost savings implications
    • determination of the energy ratings of home appliances and fittings: insulation; double glazing; window size; light bulbs; and/or electrical gadgets, appliances or machines
    • cooking alternatives: appliance options (microwave, convection, induction); fuel options (gas, electricity, solar, fossil fuel)
    • automobile efficiencies: fuel options (diesel petrol, LPG and electric); air delivery options (naturally aspirated, supercharged and turbocharged); and fuel delivery options (common rail, direct injection and fuel injection)
  • explain how concepts of reliability, validity and uncertainty relate to the collection, interpretation and communication of data related to thermodynamics and climate science.