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Teaching Thermodynamics with Physlets[R] in Introductory Physics

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Physics Education Volume 38, Number 5, ISSN 0031-9120


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.)


Cox, A.J., Belloni, M., Dancy, M. & Christian, W. (2003). Teaching Thermodynamics with Physlets[R] in Introductory Physics. Physics Education, 38(5), 433-440. Retrieved February 22, 2020 from .

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