Faculty Publications

Title

Complete Cycle Experiments Using the Adiabatic Gas Law Apparatus

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

The ability of our society to make informed energy-usage decisions in the future depends partly on current science and engineering students retaining a deep understanding of the thermodynamics of heat engines. Teacher imaginations and equipment budgets can both be taxed in the effort to engage students in hands-on heat engine activities. The experiments described in this paper, carried out using the Adiabatic Gas Law Apparatus1 (AGLA), quantitatively explore popular complete cycle heat engine processes.

Journal Title

The Physics Teacher

Volume

52

Issue

7

First Page

418

Last Page

418