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ERIC Number: EJ912885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Statistical Interpretation of Entropy: An Activity
Timmberlake, Todd
Physics Education, v48 n8 p516-519 Nov 2010
The second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of an isolated macroscopic system can increase but will not decrease, is a cornerstone of modern physics. Ludwig Boltzmann argued that the second law arises from the motion of the atoms that compose the system. Boltzmann's statistical mechanics provides deep insight into the functioning of the second law and also provided evidence for the existence of atoms at a time when many scientists (like Ernst Mach and Wilhelm Ostwald) were skeptical.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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