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ERIC Number: EJ892028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
A Simple Classroom Simulation of Heat Energy Diffusing through a Metal Bar
Kinsler, Mark; Kinzel, Evelyn
Physics Teacher, v45 n6 p382-385 Sep 2007
We present an iterative procedure that does not rely on calculus to model heat flow through a uniform bar of metal and thus avoids the use of the partial differential equation typically needed to describe heat diffusion. The procedure is based on first principles and can be done with students at the blackboard. It results in a plot that illustrates several principles of thermodynamics and can be easily implemented with a spreadsheet program on the computer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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