How to teach statistical thermal physics in an introductory physics course

Koo-Chul Lee

Department of Physics

Seoul National University


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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