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Introduction to Gibbs Energy

Dexter Perkins
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University of North Dakota
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This page first made public: Jul 21, 2008

Summary

This is a short project that can be used in-class or as homework. It involves just a few questions and it is intended to help students understand the idea of Gibbs free energy.

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Context

Audience

This exercise is used in a sophomore or junior level required course in petrology.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should have an understanding of Gibbs free energy.

How the activity is situated in the course

This exercise cannot completely stand alone. I use it after I have talked about Gibbs free energy for 20 minutes. It helps clarify my lecture.

Goals

Content/concepts goals for this activity

This activity is meant to help students understand Gibbs free energy.

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Description of the activity/assignment

This is a short project that can be used in-class or as homework. It involves just a few questions and it is intended to help students understand the idea of Gibbs free energy. It cannot completely stand alone. I use it after I have talked about Gibbs free energy for 20 minutes. It helps clarify my lecture.

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Students have met the goals of this assignment if they are able to complete the exercise accurately and completely.

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