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Small Group Activity

30 min.

##### Ideal Gas Model
Students consider whether the thermo surfaces reflect the properties of an ideal gas.

Small Group Activity

30 min.

##### Changes in Internal Energy
Students consider the change in internal energy during three different processes involving a container of water vapor on a stove. Using the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, students reason about how the internal energy would change and then compare this prediction with data from NIST presented as a contour plot.
• Found in: Warm-Up sequence(s)

Small Group Activity

30 min.

##### Quantifying Change
In this activity, students will explore how to calculate a derivative from measured data. Students should have prior exposure to differential calculus. At the start of the activity, orient the students to the contour plot - it's busy.

Small Group Activity

30 min.

##### Covariation in Thermal Systems
Students consider how changing the volume of a system changes the internal energy of the system. Students use plastic graph models to explore these functions.

Small Group Activity

30 min.

##### Heat and Temperature of Water Vapor
In this introduction to heat capacity, students determine a derivative that indicates how much the internal energy changes as the temperature changes when volume is held constant.

Small Group Activity

30 min.

##### Partial Derivatives from a Contour Map--Thermo Version
Students calculate two different (thermodynamic) partial derivatives of the form $\left(\frac{\partial A}{\partial B}\right)_C$ from information given on the same contour map.
• Found in: Surfaces/Bridge Workshop course(s)