Selected Publications by Harvey S. Leff

Partial List

"Removing the mystery of entropy and thermodynamics-Pt I,"
Phys. Teach. 50, 28-31 (January 2012)

"Removing the mystery of entropy and thermodynamics-Pt II,"
Phys. Teach. 50, 87-90 (February 2012)

"Removing the mystery of entropy and thermodynamics-Pt III,"
Phys. Teach. 50, 170-172 (March 2012)

"Removing the mystery of entropy and thermodynamics-Pt IV,"
Phys. Teach. 50, 215-217 (April 2012)

"Removing the mystery of entropy and thermodynamics-Pt V,"
Phys. Teach. 50, 274-276 (May 2012)

"Thermodynamics of Combined-Cycle Power Plants,"
Am. J. Phys. 80, 515-518 (2012)

"The Mayer-Joule Principle: The Foundation of the First Law of Thermodynamics,"
(co-author, R. Newburgh),
Phys. Teach. 49, 484-487 (2011).

"Entropy, Its Language, and Interpretation"
Found. Phys. 37, 1744-1766 (2007)

"Thermodynamics is Easy - I've Learned it Many Times"
The Physics Teacher 45, (February 2007)


"Teaching the photon gas in introductory physics?"
< am. j. phys. 70, 792-797 (2002)


"What if entropy were dimensionless?"
Am. J. Phys. 67, 1114-1122 (1999)


"Thermodynamic entropy: The spreading and Sharing of energy"
Am. J. Phys. 64, 1261-1271 (1996)


"Efficiency and efficacy of incandescent lamps"
Am. J. Phys. 64, 649-654 (1996), with D.C. Agrawal & V.J. Menon


"Entropy of measurement and erasure: Szilard's membrane model revisited"
Am. J. Phys. 62, 994-1000 (1994).


"All about work"
Am. J. Phys. 60 356-365 (1992).


"Stopping objects with zero external work"
Am. J. Phys. 62 121-127 (1993).


"Maxwell's Demon, Power, and Time"
Am. J. Phys. 58, 135-142 (1990)


"Illuminating physics with light bulbs"
The Physics Teacher 28,30-35 (January 1990)


"Available work from a finite source and sink: How effective is a Maxwell's demon?"
Am. J. Phys 55, 701-705 (1987)


"Thermal efficiency at maximum work output: New results for old heat engines"
Am. J. Phys. 55, 603-610 (1987)


"Multisystem temperature equilibration and the second law"
Am. J. Phys. 45, 252-254 (1977)


President's Commentaries - American Association of Physics Teachers

"The Advanced Physics Laboratory, From A - Z"
President's Commentary, September 2007 AAPT News (online)


"What's In a Name?"
President's Commentary, July 2007 AAPT News (online)


"For She's a Jolly Good Fellow, or What?"
President's Commentary, May 2007 AAPT News (online)


"Time Keeps on Slippin', Slippin'..."
President's Commentary, April 2007 AAPT News (online)


"What is AAPT?"
President's Commentary, March 2007 AAPT News (online)


Why Does AAPT Exist?
President's Commentary, February 2007 AAPT News (online)