P743: Mnemonic devices for thermodynamic relationships

Author: Ray Dudek, Wittenberg University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S56

Students are presented with over a dozen equations learning thermodynamics which can be overwhelming when seen the first time. Mnemonic devices are employed so that remembering these relationships is much easier, and makes the equations more accessible. Their use can be particularly valuable on standardized exams where time is limited and equations are not given. This talk will present 3 mnemonic devices. The first is an Energy Pie developed by Fieberg and Girard (1). The second is an energy square created by Rodriguez and Brainard (2). The last one, called VAT-VUS is a creation of this author. 1. Fieberg, Jeffrey, E. and Girard, Charles, A. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88, 1544 2. Rodriquez, Joaquin and Brainard, Alan, J. J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 495