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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. | 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. | ||

- | **Textbook:** None | + | 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]]?)// | ||