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The Statistical Interpretation of Entropy Launcher package is a self-contained file for teaching the basic concept of the statistical interpretation of entropy.   The file contains ready-to-run Easy Java Simulations (EJS) programs and curricular materials.  The curricular materials describe a simple hands-on coin flip experiment that can help student become familiar with the basic statistical ideas involved in the approach to equilibrium and the second law of thermodynamics.  The materials also describe how the EJS programs can be used to extend this simple experiment and explore these concepts at a deeper level.  The EJS programs include simulations of the coin flip experiment, the expansion of an ideal gas in a box, the mixing of hot and cold ideal gases, and the action of Maxwell's Demon.  

The materials in this resource are described in an article titled "The Statistical Interpretation of Entropy: An Activity" to be published in The Physics Teacher.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Kinetics and Dynamics
= Approach to Equilibrium
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Second and Third Law
= Entropy
- Statistical Physics
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum
= Interactive Simulation
= Laboratory
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- Educators
- application/java
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Keywords:
EJS, Easy Java Simulations, OSP, Open Source Physics, entropy, equilibrium, expansion, ideal gas, statistical mechanics
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Metadata instance created June 30, 2010 by Todd Timberlake
Record Updated:
July 15, 2010 by Anne Cox
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Intro laboratory activity

Author: Anne Cox
Posted: February 14, 2013 at 11:31AM
Source: The Open Source Physics collection

Nice activity for Introductory Physics.

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Timberlake, T. (2010). Statistical Interpretation of Entropy Package (Version 2.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10161&DocID=1737
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Timberlake, Todd. "Statistical Interpretation of Entropy Package." Version 2.0. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10161&DocID=1737 (accessed 28 August 2014).
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Timberlake, Todd. Statistical Interpretation of Entropy Package. Vers. 2.0. Computer software. 2010. Java (JRE) 1.5. 28 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10161&DocID=1737>.
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