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The STP DemonIdealGas program displays a histogram of the energy of a demon that exchanges energy with an ideal gas of particles. The purpose of this simulation is to understand why the demon acts as a perfect thermometer and why its mean energy is a measure of the temperature of the gas. The default system is a one-dimensional ideal gas of N=40 particles. Additional states and parameters can be specified using the Display|Switch GUI menu item. STP DemonIdealGas is part of a suite of Open Source Physics programs that model aspects of Statistical and Thermal Physics (STP). The program is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double-clicking the stp_DemonIdealGas.jar file will run the program if Java is installed on your computer. Additional programs can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, STP, or Statistical and Thermal Physics.
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