How to teach statistical thermal physics in an introductory physics course

Koo-Chul Lee

Department of Physics

Seoul National University

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We report on several simulation programs which can be used to teach the statistical foundations of thermal physics in  introductory college physics courses.  These programs are simple applications of a technique for generating random configurations of many dice with a fixed total value.  By merely simulating dice throwing we can demonstrate all the important principles of classical thermodynamics.  

 

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