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written by Mary Bridget Kustusch, David J. Roundy, Tevian Dray, and Corinne Manogue
Several studies in recent years have demonstrated that upper-division students struggle with partial derivatives and the complicated chain rules ubiquitous in thermodynamics. We asked several experts (primarily faculty who teach thermodynamics) to solve a challenging and novel thermodynamics problem in order to understand how they navigate through this maze. What we found was a tremendous variety in solution strategies and sense-making tools, both within and between individuals. This case study focuses on one particular expert: his solution paths, use of sense-making tools, and comparison of different approaches.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 234-237
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- Differential Equations
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DOI:
10.1063/1.4789695
NSF Numbers:
0088901
0837829
1023120
PACSs:
01.40.-d
01.40.Fk
05.70Ce
Keywords:
Chain Rule, Expert problem solving, Mathematics, PERC 2012, Partial Derivatives, Thermal Physics, Upper-division Physics
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M. Kustusch, D. Roundy, T. Dray, and C. Manogue, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12821&DocID=3354).
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M. Kustusch, D. Roundy, T. Dray, and C. Manogue, An expert path through a thermo maze, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12821&DocID=3354>.
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Kustusch, M., Roundy, D., Dray, T., & Manogue, C. (2012, August 1-2). An expert path through a thermo maze. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved September 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12821&DocID=3354
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Kustusch, M, D. Roundy, T. Dray, and C. Manogue. "An expert path through a thermo maze." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12821&DocID=3354 (accessed 19 September 2014).
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Kustusch, Mary Bridget, David Roundy, Tevian Dray, and Corinne Manogue. "An expert path through a thermo maze." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 234-237 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 19 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12821&DocID=3354>.
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