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Title:HELIUM NANODROPLETS AND LIQUID HOT NAGMA: WHAT STUDENTS CAN LEARN ABOUT ENTROPY FROM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY AND A MODEL DIPEPTIDE
Author(s):Brown, Alaina R.
Subject(s):Mini-symposium: Spectroscopy with Undergraduates
Abstract:In undergraduate thermodynamics, entropy is one of the most misunderstood topics; in part, this is due to its abstract nature, but confusion also stems from using a definition based on “order” or lack thereof. Students can understand this definition easily, especially if it is related to the state of a messy room over the course of time. When asked about the entropy of a molecular system, however, students have difficulty translating their definition based on “order” to a new context. An activity was created and implemented in an undergraduate physical chemistry course to guide students through alternate definitions of entropy. The activity combines thermodynamic calculations, entropy, and current spectroscopic research\footnote{Leavitt, C. M.; Moore, K. B.; Raston, P. L.; Agarwal, J.; Moody, G. H.; Shirley, C. C.; Schaefer, H. F.; Douberly, G. E. Liquid Hot NAGMA Cooled to 0.4 K: Benchmark Thermochemistry of a Gas-Phase Peptide. J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118 (41), 9692–9700.} together with concepts covered in class to give students a complete picture of this topic. In this talk, the activity and its implementation will be discussed along with preliminary outcomes.
Issue Date:24-Jun-20
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:APS
Genre:CONFERENCE PAPER/PRESENTATION
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/107637
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-06-26


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