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-====== Interlude ======  +===== Interlude ===== 
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-**Textbook:**+The "Math Interlude" is a one-week introduction to the mathematics involved in thermodynamics, that we teach prior to [[courses:home:eehome|Energy and Entropy]].  The approach of this interlude is to use the [[whitepapers:PDM:start|Partial Derivative Machine]] to provide a physical system to which we can apply mathematical techniques such as total differentials and partial derivatives, and with which students can begin to understand fundamental concepts such as state variables. 
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 +For instructions on building your own PDM, see [[whitepapers:PDM:start|the Partial Derivative Machine page]]. 
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 +==== Course Goals ==== 
 +  * For students to understand ** (be able to evaluate, interpret, and use) partial derivatives** 
 +  * For students to understand how to **use the Partial Derivative Machine as an analog for thermodynamic processes** 
 +  * For students to understand ** (be able to perform, interpret, and use) total differentials** 
 +  * For students to understand ** (be able to derive, interpret, and use) Maxwell Relations** 
 +  * For students to understand ** (be able to use and interpret) Legendre Transforms** 
**Sample syllabus:** **Sample syllabus:**
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 +**Textbook:** None
===== Course Contents ===== ===== Course Contents =====
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 +==== Activities Included ====
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 +  * [[activities:courses:inindex|All activities]] for Interlude
 +  * [[swbq:courses:inindex|All small whiteboard questions]] for Interlude\\\\ //(What are [[strategy:smallwhiteboard:|SWBQs]]?)//

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