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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
Prerequisites Skills: Introduction to Thermodynamics

Ideal Gas

Text of Learning Exercise:


Thermodynamics and the Ideal Gas laws


  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.


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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