Statistical and Thermal Physics Frequently Asked Questions

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What material will I find on STP?

STP offers links to simulations, documents and web sites for Statistical and Thermal Physics, so if you are teacher or student of Statistical Mechanics, Thermodynamic or Thermal Physics, this is a good place to look for resources.

How do I find materials on STP?

You can search STP by subject area, author, or level, and you can restrict your search by level, resource type, language, and cost.

What is the difference between searching and browsing?

Searching allows you to find resources with specific keywords in the title, subject, and description, or to search by author name, organization, or URL. Browsing provides a broad view of materials on a given topic.

What are the topics used to describe materials on STP?

The materials are divided into 10 broad topical categories.

What information do I get from searches?

An STP search provides a list of items that match your search criteria. This list includes, for each item, the title, the start of the description, the level, and the subject. Clicking on the title brings up detailed information about the item and displays the URL link to the repository for downloading or external website.

How can I organize my search results?

Search results can be arranged alphabetically by the subject, title, or level.

How can I participate in STP?

Registered users of STP can submit suggestions for materials to add to the database and can provide comments about the materials.

If I submit an item, will it show up on STP?

Member submissions of items to STP are reviewed by a STP editor. If accepted, more detailed information is collected about the items before posting. Acceptance depends on how well the item meets the needs of learners.

How can I add comments about an item on STP?

For members who are logged in, there is a link to add comments about an item on the detailed information page for the item, which is where the comments will appear.

What is the "Filing Cabinet"?

The filing cabinet is a place for STP members to store bookmarks to items on the site. These bookmarks are stored in folders on the ComPADRE site so that they can be accessed whenever the member is logged into any of the ComPADRE collections. Lists that result from searching can also be stored in the Filing Cabinet. Filing Cabinets may be personal or public (shared).

Do I need to join STP?

No, you may search and browse the database without joining STP.

What are the benefits of joining STP?

Members of STP have additional tools that improve their use of the site. These include the ability to set preferences that sort materials according to their needs, a filing cabinet to store resources they find useful, and the ability to recommend resources for inclusion in the database.

What is required to join STP?

To join, users must provide their name and email. Further information can be provided, if desired, to personalize STP for the user and enhance interactions with others.

Why do pages on STP change?

STP is a dynamic collection, so the information provided depends on the resources that are cataloged in the database. As the database grows, the displayed pages will change. A Filing Cabinet is provided to registered users for storage and simple recovery of information that they find important.

Is there a cost for STP?

STP is a free and open resource provided as service by the American Association of Physics Teachers and its partners. It is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, and is part of the National Science Digital Library.

Who can I contact for further information?

Our contact form allows you to direct questions to the appropriate individuals responsible for site content or technical issues.