Georg Job, Regina Rüffler
The intention of the book is to impart the main features of matterdynamics in three parts: chemical thermodynamics (statics) (also referred to as “chemical thermodynamics”), progression of substance changes in time (kinetics) and interaction of electric fields (electrochemistry) and to give at the same time an overview about important branches of physical chemistry. Basic quantities and equations necessary for the qualitative and quantitative description of substantial changes are introduced directly to the reader by going on from everyday experiences and particulary numerous demonstration experiments.
Thermodynamics is generally considered as a difficult and abstract subject, particularly by beginners. Its development appears arbitrary and unrelated to such topics as mechanics and electricity and its concepts are not easily clarified by making use of analogies to other areas of physics. The variety of abstract quantities such as entropy, enthalpy, state function, free energy, reversibility, fugacity, etc. make it hard for a student to attain a comprehensive overview of the subject.
Friedrich Herrmann, Georg Job
The development of scientific knowledge is comparable with the evolution of biological systems. Just as every biological system inevitably contains fossils our physics syllabus contains obsolete concepts and methods. It is argued that the potential for simplifying the teaching of science by eliminating this historical burden is high.
The Karlsruhe Physics Course is an attempt to modernize the physics syllabus by eliminating obsolete concepts, by restructuring the contents and by extensively applying a new model, the substance model.