Date: Sat Aug 22 07:17:37 2009 Back to Contents ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Author: Urs Lauterburg

Subject: Re: demos for advanced thermodynamics classes



This somewhat elaborate apparatus makes a pretty nice Maxwell
velocity distribution. However it takes about an hour of time and is
very noisy. So we would introduce the machine and show its concept
towards the end of one lesson and the final stage with the almost
finished distribution at the beginning of the next one. The apparatus
is also very fine for showing the kinetic behavior of particles that
fill a given volume. It's from PHYWE in Germany

Another demo is our famous heat conduction experiment which I once
described in my paper still available from:

It's a classic with us by now.

Another nice demo is a transparent Stirling motor from which we
actually measure and display the Carnot cycle while it's running...
and then my all time favorite, our version of the Wollastone

Just some thoughts that might be of some value hopefully.

Regards and best wishes


Urs Lauterburg
Physics demonstrator
Physikalisches Institut
University of Bern

>Hello all,
>I am looking for some suggestions as to possible demonstrations for
>an advanced (senior level) thermal physics and statistical mechanics
>class. I am trying to come up with demos that go
>beyond the usual intro thermodynamics selection. If it helps at
>all, the book that will be used is "Thermal Physics" by Kittel and
>Thanks in advance,
>Brian Andersson
>Assistant Education Specialist
>School of Physics and Astronomy
>University of Minnesota
>116 Church St. SE
>Minneapolis, MN 55455

From Sat Aug 22 07:17:37 2009