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All too often, courses in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics barrage their students with numerous equations that are left unexamined and uninvestigated. This note explains how to pause, examine a thermodynamic equation, and render it more meaningful. Three techniques are discussed: (1) design two experiments that would measure the quantities on either side of the equality; (2) examine special cases; (3) consider the consequences if the equality failed to hold.

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    Thermo & Stat Mech,Higher Education,NSDL,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Undergraduate (Lower Division),oai:nsdl.org:2200/20090706213347758T,Thermodynamics,Second and Third Law,Vocational/Professional Development Education,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Physics

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