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VIAU, Javier E  e  MORO, Lucrecia E. The story of the Maxwell's Demon, a didactic proposal for the teaching of basic concepts in thermodynamics. Form. Univ. [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.1, pp.3-10. ISSN 0718-5006.

The starting process of a pedagogic proposal for the teaching of basic concepts in thermodynamics based on the use of narratives is introduced in this paper. In this context, a pedagogical activity based on the story "Maxwell's Demon" of Gamow is designed, following the didactic outlines suggested by some authors. This activity was implemented in the course General Chemistry I, at Engineering Faculty of the Mar del Plata National University in Argentina. This approach employed as a teaching method shows how narratives involving scientific concepts can be used by science teachers as a strategy to enhance student's interest and motivation. The chosen story allows instructors to deal with thermodynamic concepts through a microscopic model leading the students to a higher standard of rationalism in their epistemological profile.

Palavras-chave : thermodynamics; Maxwell's Demon; didactic proposal; science fiction; chemistry.

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