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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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===== 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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