Please share comments & files for teaching thermodynamics.

Marco Almeida - Transferring these files 06-25

JPEG: Graph of Hurricane as Adiabatic Heating

“Dumbot” engine
  1. David Derbes
  2. Handout, calculation

Thermo & Making Ice Cream: A link to a lab that was mentioned in an AP Physics electronic discussion group posting.

Marco Almeida -- this section in green couldn't be accessed

Thermodynamics Notes: Wayne Mullins divided this into two sections. Here are Part 1 & Part 2. Comments by Bill Taylor.doc 12/08. Wayne's (now somewhat old) notes can be accessed at

Thermo Materials:
  • Materials from U Sydney. Include lecture notes & class possiblities
Marc Reif's activity to help students understand PV diagrams using a simulation.
external image msword.png 02a_B_U11_Lab20_Virtgaslaw.doc

Stearic Acid Freezing Point Lab by Dan Burns

Marco Almeida - I tried to upload a zip file containing these three files in order to keep them together but the Google Form wouldn't accept that file type. Instead, I uploaded the zip file to my own account and shared the link to that.
Thanks Marco. I (paul) also uploaded them individually. I gave each of them the same description pasted below, and gave them the same first portion of a file name "2001 Space Odyssey - Thermo...." Hopefully we can make them findable that way. I only did this because I'm not sure how well this method accepts zip files. It shouldn't be a problem, but just in case, i uploaded them separately.
2001 Airlock Entry Analysis: Powerpoint slides analyzing the scene from the movie where Dave Bowman is locked out of the Jupiter by HAL and enters through an airlock in a near vacuum. Download both the clip and the slides. I also included a handout on the isothermal assumption. Please send me any comments: