Sunday, June 11 
2:00  11:00 pm 
Arrival and Registration 
6:00 pm 
Dinner 
7:30 pm  10:00 pm 
Student Conceptual Difficulties in Thermodynamics 
Discussion Leader: Beth Ann Thacker, Texas Tech University 

 Paula Heron, Washington State University
“Research on student understanding of thermal physics”
 Chris Kautz, Syracuse University
“Identifying student difficulties with the ideal gas law”
 Mike Loverude, California State University, Fullerton
“Student understanding of the first law of thermodynamics”

Monday, June 12 
7:30  8:30 am 
Breakfast 
9:00 am  12:30 pm 
Statistical and Thermal Physics in the Introductory Course 
Discussion Leader: Norman Chonacky, Columbia University 

 Tom Moore, Pomona College
“Teaching statistical physics in the introductory course: a progress report”
 Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay, CarnegieMellon University
“Atoms and matter: integrating mechanics and thermal physics in the introductory course”
 Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College
“Programming and internet technologies for undergraduate statistical mechanics”
 Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College
“Combining observations of macroscopic thermal phenomena with molecular simulation analysis”

10:00 am 
Conference Photo session and coffee break 
12:30  1:30 pm 
Lunch 
6:00 pm 
Dinner 
7:30 pm  9:30 pm 
Teaching Probability and Statistical Physics 
Discussion Leader: Royce Zia, Virginia Tech 

 Giulio D'Agostini, University of Rome
“A maieutic(al) approach to teaching probability theory.”
 George Stell, SUNY, Stony Brook
“Teaching thermal and statistical physics: a personal odyssey thru several departments.”
 Peter T. Landsberg, University of Southampton
“From probability via entropy to statistical mechanics.”

Tuesday, June 13 
7:30  8:30 am 
Breakfast 
9:00 am  12:30 pm 
Effective Teaching Strategies 
Discussion Leader: Lillian McDermott, University of Washington 

 Harvey Leff, California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona
“The physics of an 'empty' box: The photon gas as a teaching/learning tool.”
 Robert Hardy, University of Nebraska
“Why not use "ordinary" mathematics when teaching thermodynamics?”
 Dan Schroeder, Weber State University
“The undergraduate thermal physics course: Who should take it and why?”
 Jeffrey Prentis, University of Michigan, Dearborn
“Undergraduate experiments in statistical mechanics.”

10:00 am 
Coffee break 
12:30  1:30 pm 
Lunch 
4:30  6:00 pm 
Poster Session 
6:00 pm 
Dinner 
7:30 pm  10:00 pm 
Broadening the Focus of Statistical Physics 
Discussion Leader: Jon Machta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

 Michael Creutz, Brookhaven National Laboratory
“From path integrals to lattice gauge theory"
 Beatte Schmittmann, Virginia Tech
“Contrasts between equilibrium and nonequilibrium steady states: What we can learn from simple model systems”
 Daniel benAvraham, Clarkson University
“A simple model for teaching nonequilibrium kinetics and diffusionlimited reactions.”
 Craig Bohren, Pennsylvania State University
“Thermodynamics: a tragicomedy in several acts”

Wednesday, June 14 
7:30  8:30 am 
Breakfast 
9:00 am  12:30 pm 
Computational Statistical Mechanics 
Discussion Leader: Bulbul Chakraborty, Brandeis University 

 Bruce Boghosian, Boston University
“Latticegas models of fluid flow”
 Bill Hoover, University of California, Davis
“The smooth particle method”
 Alej Garcia, San Jose State University
“A numerical approach to teaching kinetic theory”
 Franz J. Vesely, University of Vienna
“Statistical physics for the sophomores.”

10:30 am 
Coffee break 
12:30  1:30 pm 
Lunch 
5:00  6:00 pm 
Planning session for next Gordon conference 
6:00 pm 
Dinner 
7:30 pm  10:00 pm 
Teaching of Statistical and Thermal Physics in Chemistry 
Discussion Leader: Irwin Oppenheim, MIT 

 David Chandler, University of California, Berkeley
“Teaching statistical mechanics and thermodynamics in a modern physical chemistry course”
 David Meltzer, Iowa State University
“Conceptual problems with free energies in physics and chemistry”
 Brian B. Laird, University of Kansas
“Entropy, disorder and freezing”

Thursday, June 15 
7:30  8:30 
Breakfast 
9:00 am  12:30 pm 
Research of Interest in Undergraduate Statistical and Thermal Physics Courses 
Discussion Leader: Marcel den Nijs, University of Washington 

 Debashish Chowdhury, I.I.T. Kanpur, India
“Use of models of vehicular traffic in teaching nonequilibrium statistical mechanics”
 Andrea Liu and Doug Durian, UCLA
“Fluctuations in flowing foam”
 John Rundle, University of Colorado
“Statistical mechanics of earthquakes”

10:00 am 
Coffee break 
12:30  1:30 pm 
Lunch 
6:00 pm 
Dinner 
7:30 pm  9:30 pm 
Topics in Statistical and Thermal Physics 
Discussion Leader: Bill Klein, Boston University 

 Ralph Baierlein, Northern Arizona University
“The elusive chemical potential”
 Raj Pathria, University of Waterloo
“Phase transitions in finitesized systems”
 Manuel G. Velarde, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Spain
“Summary Remarks”
