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Teaching Statistical Physics by Thinking about Models and Algorithms 

written by Jan Tobochnik and Harvey Gould

This article discusses several ways of illustrating fundamental concepts in statistical and thermal physics by considering various models and algorithms. We emphasize the importance of replacing students' incomplete mental images by models that are physically accurate. In some cases it is sufficient to discuss the results of an algorithm or the behavior of a model rather than having students write a program.

Published April 1, 2008
Last Modified July 14, 2008

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