Thermodynamics
Focus:
Each of the papers will be used in College Physics (MCC course PHYS 201). It is a algebratrig based introductory physics course. 4 credit hours, 6 contact. It is an integrated lecture/lab. That is, while it is a lab course, there is no separate time for the lab meeting. We meet twice a week, 3 hours per meeting.
Overview:
I chose these articles for several reasons. Chiefly, I needed to supplement my current model of teaching in the area of thermodynamics. I currently use the Workshop Physics model for my intro physics course. However, the materials that I have do not include thermodynamics. Previously, I had been reverting back to a lecturetype style for thermo. CREATE has given me the tools to develop a studentcentered curriculum on my own. So, I chose to develop a curriculum in the area that I currently am lacking in materials. Secondarily, these articles seemed to be at a level that my students (who are mainly in premedical sciences) can more easily handle (I hope). Also, they sufficiently covered the content required.
Applicable for Courses:
College PhysicsEducational Level:
Lowermid levelRoadmap Objectives:

 Article: Measurement of thermal expansion coefficient, Trumper and Gelbman.
 Content area/major concepts: coefficient of linear expansion, heat transfer, thermal expansion
 Methods or technology used to obtain data: Paper describes a method for measuring the thermal expansion of a metal wire. The measurement is used to find the coefficient of linear expansion. The theory is linear expansion
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 Article: Uncertainty analysis for a simple thermal expansion experiment. DounasFrazer, Gandhi, and Iwata
 Content area/major concepts: limits of assumptions. (Physics often makes assumptions to find an answer that is reasonable more easily. For example, a “massless” rope, or a “perfectly rigid lever” i.e., the lever will not ever bend. This leads to the Spherical Chicken Joke)
 Methods or technology used to obtain data: Paper describes sources of measurement error for the method used in paper 1
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 Article: Revisiting Black’s experiments on the latent heats of water. Guemez, Fiolhais, Fiolhais.
 Content area/major concepts: latent energy, heat of fusion, heat of vaporization, specific heat capacity, calorimetry, heat transfer, energy conservation, the calorie unit of energy, Newton’s Law of Cooling.
 Methods or technology used to obtain data: Paper describes the methods originally used by Black when he found the latent energies of condensation and fusion of water. The paper describes Black’s experiment and gives a way of replicating that experiment with modern equipment. The theories covered are energy needed for the change in temperature of a solid and needed for the change of state.
 How the CREATE strategy was used:
 Biggest teaching challenge: I would like to do the heat of fusion lab described in the paper. That would be an easy lab to do, but will cut into class time. Also, this is a new method for me and I expect that I will have difficulties applying it.

 Article: Condensation, atmospheric motion, and cold beer. Durran and Frierson.
 Content area/major concepts: PV work, enthalpy, convection, adiabatic process, humidity and relative humidity, evaporative cooling, condensative warming, radiative cooling.
 Methods or technology used to obtain data: Paper describes a method for finding the amount of heating that is due to the condensation of water on a cold can of water. The theory given uses the latent heat of condensation to find the temperature change of the water.
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