This short small group activity introduces students to the Leibniz notation used for partial derivatives in thermodynamics; unlike standard Leibniz notation, this notation explicitly specifies constant variables. Students are guided in linking the variables from a contextless Leibniz-notation partial derivative to their proper variable categories.
In the middle column below, list each variable in the box connected to the description of the role of the variable.
- If \(a=7bc-5b^2\), find \[\left(\frac{\partial a}{\partial b}\right)_c\]