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American Journal of Physics
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.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 76, Issue 4&5, Pages 353-359
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© 2008 Jan Tobochnik and Harvey Gould
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Keywords:
Metropolis algorithm, demon algorithm, molecular dynamics
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2008 by Anne Cox
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J. Tobochnik and H. Gould, Am. J. Phys. 76 (4&5), 353 (2008), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7647&DocID=620).
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J. Tobochnik and H. Gould, Teaching Statistical Physics by Thinking about Models and Algorithms, Am. J. Phys. 76 (4&5), 353 (2008), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7647&DocID=620>.
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Tobochnik, J., & Gould, H. (2008, April 1). Teaching Statistical Physics by Thinking about Models and Algorithms. Am. J. Phys., 76(4&5), 353-359. Retrieved November 27, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7647&DocID=620
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Tobochnik, Jan, and Harvey Gould. "Teaching Statistical Physics by Thinking about Models and Algorithms." Am. J. Phys. 76, no. 4&5, (April 1, 2008): 353-359, http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7647&DocID=620 (accessed 27 November 2014).
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Tobochnik, Jan, and Harvey Gould. "Teaching Statistical Physics by Thinking about Models and Algorithms." Am. J. Phys. 76.4&5 (2008): 353-359. 27 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7647&DocID=620>.
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The STP Application Package contains a collection of OSP programs for the study of statistical and thermal physics concepts.  This article describes some of OSP-based programs and shows how OSP-based materials can be used to study STP concepts.

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