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Statistical and Thermal Physics shared folder - August 27, 2009 at 9:35
Anne Cox
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Anne Cox has created a shared folder with materials for teaching Statistical and Thermal Physics using the forthcoming textbook by Gould and Tobochnik.  See: http://www.compadre.org/OSP/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=1682&FID=15202&code=CAE3FA1BD8. For instructors teaching Statistical and Thermal Physics at the upper-level undergraduate or graduate level, the ComPADRE collection at http://www.compadre.org/STP may also be of interest.

This "textbook," while covering the standard topics of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics features simulations and numerical calculations. The simulations can certainly be used for demonstrations and problem-solving, but the simulations are also woven into the discussion at a deeper level. The text asks students to also consider the algorithms themselves (without requiring programming) as a way to help students build stronger mental models of concepts including, but not limited to, thermal interaction, thermal equilibrium, probability, temperature, entropy, and chemical potential. Therefore, although the text can be used without the simulations, using the simulations (as keyed to the sections of the text in this shared folder) enrichs the course and student understanding.

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