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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Thermodynamic Equilibrium
Submitted by: Bruce Mason on Apr 24, 2000
Date Last Modified: May 16, 2000
Title: Equilibrium Demo
Description: A classroom introduction to Thermodynamic Equilibrium applet.
Type of Task: Teacher-centered
Topics: pressure, temperature, equilibrium, ideal gas
Course: Introductory Physics
Audience: College General Ed
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Introduction to Thermodynamics


Ideal Gas

Text of Learning Exercise:

Reading


Thermodynamics and the Ideal Gas laws


Demonstration



  1. Run simulation 1. Point out the relation between heat flow and particle motion.
  2. Run simulation 4. Show the relation between diffusion, number density differences, temperature differences, and heat flow.
  3. Briefly show how to change temperature and open and close shutter.


Homework



Assign simulation questions to students for individual or group solution. Group questions as: (1, 2, 3) for effect of temperature differences, (4, 5) for density gradient and temperature difference, and (6, 7) for study of fluctuations about equilibrium for small numbers of atoms.

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