Willard Gibbs: Discoveries & Accomplishments

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At which university did Willard Gibbs work as a professor of mathematical physics from 1871-1903?

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1. What prompted Willard Gibbs to invent vector analysis?

2. What invention of Willard Gibbs is used to understand the behavior of matter at a macroscopic level by averaging the behavior of very large numbers of atoms and molecules.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What led to Willard Gibbs inventing vector analysis? This quiz and worksheet is a fast way to test your ability to answer this question and others about his work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following details about Willard Gibbs:

  • Where he worked as a professor of mathematical physics
  • Why he invented vector analysis
  • His invention that helps with understanding the behavior of matter
  • Measuring a system's tendency to give off energy and become more disordered
  • Whether a statement about him is true

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  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the university where Willard Gibbs worked as a professor of mathematical physics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about understanding the behavior of matter at a macroscopic level
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about assessing a system's tendency to give off energy and become more disordered and interpret it correctly

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