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American Journal of Physics
written by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
We argue that thermal physics should not be treated as a separate topic in introductory physics. The first-year calculus-based college physics should offer a modern, unified view of physics representative of the contemporary scientific enterprise. It should focus on the consequences of the central fact that matter is composed of atoms, and on the process of modeling physical systems. Such a focus is more interesting and relevant to students than a repetition of a purely classical treatment. We give an example of a course that emphasizes physical modeling of phenomena in terms of the atomic nature of matter. Thermal physics is woven into the entire course and is fully integrated with classical and semiclassical mechanics.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 67, Issue 12, Pages 1045-1050
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© 1999 American Journal of Physics
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10.1119/1.19180
Keywords:
atoms, classical mechanics, educational courses, kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, teaching
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, , Am. J. Phys. 67 (12), 1045 (1999), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19180).
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R. Chabay and B. Sherwood, Bringing atoms into first-year physics, Am. J. Phys. 67 (12), 1045 (1999), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19180>.
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Chabay, R., & Sherwood, B. (1999, November 1). Bringing atoms into first-year physics. Am. J. Phys., 67(12), 1045-1050. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19180
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. "Bringing atoms into first-year physics." Am. J. Phys. 67, no. 12, (November 1, 1999): 1045-1050, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19180 (accessed 27 November 2022).
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Chabay, Ruth, and Bruce Sherwood. "Bringing atoms into first-year physics." Am. J. Phys. 67.12 (1999): 1045-1050. 27 Nov. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.19180>.
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