Thermodynamics and statistical physics


Statistical physics relates the macroscopically observed properties of temperature, pressure, and chemical reactions to the molecular structure of matter and the continued redistribution of energy as a result of molecular motions and collisions. This study allows us to develop and understanding of the macroscopic quantities of temperature and pressure, and an understanding of what governs the spontaneous changes and energy flow in physical systems.

The Heat and Temperature section can be done either as a part of this chapter or with the Macro models of matter units.

To understand the context and motivation for the chapter, see the following page:

Here's the full Table of Contents of the chapter. The notation "(EX)" means that there is a worked example attached to that page. The notation "{WO}" means there is an activity (a Workout) attached to that page, usually one that involves working with a simulation.


Joe Redish 3/27/19

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