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written by Dan Styer
All too often, courses in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics barrage their students with numerous equations that are left unexamined and uninvestigated. This note explains how to pause, examine a thermodynamic equation, and render it more meaningful. Three techniques are discussed: (1) design two experiments that would measure the quantities on either side of the equality; (2) examine special cases; (3) consider the consequences if the equality failed to hold.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 67, Issue 12, Pages 1094-1095
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D. Styer, Am. J. Phys. 67 (12), 1094 (1999), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19088).
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D. Styer, A thermodynamic derivative means an experiment Am. J. Phys. 67 (12), 1094 (1999), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19088>.
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Styer, D. (1999, December 1). A thermodynamic derivative means an experiment. Am. J. Phys., 67(12), 1094-1095. Retrieved April 19, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19088
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Styer, Dan. "A thermodynamic derivative means an experiment." Am. J. Phys. 67, no. 12, (December 1, 1999): 1094-1095, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19088 (accessed 19 April 2014).
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Styer, Dan. "A thermodynamic derivative means an experiment." Am. J. Phys. 67.12 (1999): 1094-1095. 19 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19088>.
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