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ERIC Number: EJ775672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Teaching Thermodynamics with Physlets[R] in Introductory Physics
Cox, Anne J.; Belloni, Mario; Dancy, Melissa; Christian, Wolfgang
Physics Education, v38 n5 p433-440 Sep 2003
This paper describes the use of interactive, Physlet[R]-based curricular material designed to help students learn concepts of thermodynamics with a particular focus on the use of kinetic theory models. These exercises help students visualize ideal gas particle dynamics and engine cycles, make concrete connections between mechanics and thermodynamics, and develop a conceptual framework for problem solving. Examples of curricular material from thermodynamics will be presented as well as the Web address for its download. (Contains 7 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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