WHAT is ANNEALING? ctd
Other images: disorder at far left, order near left.
These aids really help explain the annealing process, and are so easy to make with glass beads from the chemistry department store - they are used as filters and clear boxes, the ones at left are from CDs.
Similar aids include a container with water and pasta to show short range order in polymers,
(acknowledgement to Emeritus Professor Hanan Schecter).
And metal/glassball mixtures to demonstrate percolation, see my talk from Phase transitions and critical phenomena (PTCP), “Percolation in Education and Application in the 21st Century” by Joan Adler, Liran Sharir and Shaked Elfenbein, Springer Festschrift for the 60th Birthday of Wolfhard Janke, Eur. Phs. J. Special Topics, DOI10.1140/ep jst/e2016-60277-y for details.