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This NOVA website contains information about the scientific quest to utilize cold and to achieve the lowest temperature possible.  Several interactive simulations present topics such as the states of matter, the anatomy of a refrigerator, and a virtual lab to achieve low temperatures.  The site also includes articles on absolute hot, ultra-cold atoms, and milestones in cold research.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
General Physics
- History
- Properties of Matter
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Low Temperatures
- High School
- Informal Education
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Reference Material
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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absolute hot, absolute zero, low temperature, states of matter, ultracold
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Metadata instance created March 28, 2008 by Ann Deml
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June 23, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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(Public Broadcasting Service, Arlington, 2008), WWW Document, (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/).
NOVA: Absolute Zero (Public Broadcasting Service, Arlington, 2008), <https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/>.
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NOVA: Absolute Zero. (2008, February 1). Retrieved September 30, 2023, from Public Broadcasting Service: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/
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Public Broadcasting Service. NOVA: Absolute Zero. Arlington: Public Broadcasting Service, February 1, 2008. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/ (accessed 30 September 2023).
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NOVA: Absolute Zero. Arlington: Public Broadcasting Service, 2008. 1 Feb. 2008. 30 Sep. 2023 <https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/zero/>.
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