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__[ Conference Proceedings ]__

**Student difficulties with concepts related to entropy, heat engines and the Carnot cycle**
T. Smith, W. Christensen, and J. Thompson,
PERC 2009 Proceedings, 277-280.

We report the rationale behind and preliminary results from a guided-inquiry conceptual worksheet (a.k.a. tutorial) dealing with Carnotâ€™s efficiency and the Carnot cycle. The…

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**Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upper-division thermal physics course**
M. Loverude,
PERC 2009 Proceedings, 189-192.

As part of ongoing research on student understanding in upper-division thermal physics, we developed a number of simple diagnostic questions designed to probe understanding of basic…

A. MacDonald,
Am. J. Phys.,

**63**(12), 1122-1127 (1995).A new statement of the second law of thermodynamics is given. The law leads almost effortlessly, for very general closed systems, to a definition of absolute entropy S, a…

D. Styer,
Am. J. Phys.,

**67**(12), 1094-1095 (1999).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…

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**Student Estimates of Probability and Uncertainty in Advanced Laboratory and Statistical Physics Courses**
D. Mountcastle, B. Bucy, and J. Thompson,
PERC 2007 Proceedings, 152-155.

Equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems are highly predictable as n, the number of particles approaches and exceeds Avogadro's number; theories of statistical physics depend on…

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**What Is Entropy? Advanced Undergraduate Performance Comparing Ideal Gas Processes**
B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle,
PERC 2005 Proceedings, 81-84.

We report data on upper-level student understanding of entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics when comparing the isothermal and free expansions of an ideal gas. Data from pre-…

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**Assessing Student Understanding of Partial Derivatives in Thermodynamics**
J. Thompson, B. Bucy, and D. Mountcastle,
PERC 2005 Proceedings, 77-80.

We are engaged in a research project to study teaching and learning in upper-level thermal physics courses. We have begun to explore student functional understanding of mathematical…

J. Tobochnik and H. Gould,
Am. J. Phys.,

**76**(4&5), 353-359 (2008).This article discusses several ways of illustrating fundamental concepts in statistical and thermal physics by considering various models and algorithms. We emphasize the importance…

J. Tobochnik, H. Gould, and J. Machta,
Am. J. Phys.,

**73**(8), 708-716 (2005).This paper discusses several Monte Carlo algorithms and applications that are useful for understanding the concepts of temperature and chemical potential. We then introduce a…

__[ Computer Program ]__

**STP Eclipse Workspace**The STP Eclipse Workspace contains a ready to use Eclipse workspace with source code for Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP) programs by Jan Tobochnik and Harvey Gould. Unzip this…

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