Abstract
The Gradient in Steady State Heat Conduction
Interactive exercises on temperature and heat flow and
discussion of laboratory observations lead to the statement of
the fundamental law of heat conduction
Equation
1
which relates the temperature distribution
and heat flux vector,
,
at a point in space. The scalar proportionality factor,
,
is called the thermal conductivity. Several
examples of steady state, one dimensional Cartesian and
cylindrical heat flow, for constant and nonconstant
,
provide practice in integration, solving simple ordinary
differential equations and the physical understanding of real
problems.
