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ERIC Number: EJ1160688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Let's Catch a (Heat) Wave
Herman, Rhett; Ballowe, Abigail; Ashley, Joe
Physics Teacher, v55 n8 p488-491 Nov 2017
Two students in a recent thermodynamics/statistical mechanics course needed to complete a course-related project to receive honors credit for the class. Such courses are typically theoretical, without an accompanying laboratory, although there are existing related hands-on exercises. The choice of the project was influenced by one student's desire to become a mechanical engineer after graduating while the other wanted a project that was "fun" without "just doing more calculations." The choice of this particular project was further refined by the future engineer's interest in the thermodynamics of car engines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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