American Journal of Physics
Glass syringes have precision fit low-friction pistons and are relatively inexpensive, which makes them an ideal tool for studying the thermal behavior of gases. The glass syringe is used to construct a thermometer, a miniature hydraulic press, and a working heat engine. Concepts illuminated by these experiments include temperature, pressure, the ideal gas law, work, internal energy, and the first law of thermodynamics.
Jackson, David P., and Priscilla W. Laws. "Syringe Thermodynamics: The Many Uses of a Glass Syringe." American Journal of Physics 74, no. 2 (2006): 94–101. https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.2162547