1. This small group activity is designed to help students with difficult aspects of thermodynamic cycles, especially their purpose, how they work, and the nature of state variables when a full cycle is completed.
  2. Students work in small groups to explore concepts related to cycles using the Partial Derivative Machine to envision an elevator that must be loaded, raised, unloaded, and then returned to the initial level, as a means to build a productive analogue to thermodynamic cycles such as heat engines.
  3. The whole class wrap-up discussion emphasizes the deep connections between the Partial Derivative Machine system and thermodynamic systems such as a gas in a piston.

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