ERIC Number: ED045349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Heat and Motion.
Unlike many elementary presentations on heat, this monograph is not restricted to explaining thermal behavior in only macroscopic terms, but also developes the relationships between thermal properties and atomic behavior. "It relies at the start on intuition about heat at the macroscopic level. Familiarity with the particle model of mechanics, which is assumed from an earlier course, is used to develop an understanding of temperature and heat in macroscopic terms. It then relates these ideas to behavior of the internal degrees of freedom in macroscopic objects, and shows that these degrees of freedom behave differently from what would be expected if they simply mimicked large-scale motion. In this way, contact is made with discussion of quantum mechanics elsewhere." Topics are: Model-Building in Physics; The Particle Model for Motion; The Direction of the Flow of Time; Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium; Do Thermal Equilibrium States Exist?; and Internal Degrees of Freedom. (Author/PR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Commission on Coll. Physics, College Park, MD.
Note: Monograph written for the Conference on the New Instructional Materials in Physics (University of Washington, Seattle, 1965)