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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…

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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**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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**STP Entropy Einstein Solid Program**The STP Entropy Einstein Solid program calculates the entropy of two Einstein solids that can exchange energy. The purpose of this calculation is to illustrate that the entropy is a…

This resource is a simulation of an ideal Otto engine. The page explains the cycles of the engine, and the applet shows its cycles alongside a pressure vs. volume or temperature vs.…

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**STP Textbook: Table of Contents**The STP Textbook is intended for Statistical Mechanics, Thermal Physics or Thermal and Statistical Physics classes for upper-level undergraduate and/or graduate students. The text…

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**Ejs STP LJFluid2D Model**The Lennard-Jones Fluid 2D program shows a system of particles in two dimensions interacting via the Lennard-Jones potential. The program displays the particles in the box as a…

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**Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP) Package**The Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP) Application is a self-contained file for the teaching of statistical and thermal physics. The file contains ready-to-run OSP programs and a…

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**STP Textbook Chapter 4: The Methodology of Statistical Mechanics**We develop the basic methodology of statistical mechanics and provide a microscopic foundation for the concepts of temperature and entropy. We use computer simulations will be to…

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