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Observations of General Learning Patterns in an UpperLevel Thermal Physics Course
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D. Meltzer, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 3134.
I discuss some observations from using interactiveengagement instructional methods in an upperlevel thermal physics course over a twoyear period. From the standpoint of the…
http://www.percentral.org/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9895&DocID=1527
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The Construction of Causal Schemes: A Cognitive Analysis with a Dialectical Point
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A. diSessa, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 1114.
This paper sketches a careful analysis of an exceptional classroom event where students develop, without explicit instruction, a model equivalent to Newton’s thermal law as a…
http://www.percentral.org/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9889&DocID=1521
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Concerning Scientific Discourse about Heat
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D. Brookes, G. Horton, A. Heuvelen, and E. Etkina, PERC 2004 Proceedings, 149152.
We aim to examine communication in physics from a linguistic perspective and suggest a theoretical viewpoint that may enable us to explain and understand many physics students'…
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Student difficulties with concepts related to entropy, heat engines and the Carnot cycle
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T. Smith, W. Christensen, and J. Thompson, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 277280.
We report the rationale behind and preliminary results from a guidedinquiry conceptual worksheet (a.k.a. tutorial) dealing with Carnot’s efficiency and the Carnot cycle. The…
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Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upperdivision thermal physics course
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M. Loverude, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 189192.
As part of ongoing research on student understanding in upperdivision thermal physics, we developed a number of simple diagnostic questions designed to probe understanding of basic…
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Student Understanding of the Physics and Mathematics of Process Variables in PV Diagrams
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E. Pollock, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, PERC 2007 Proceedings, 168171.
Students in an upperlevel thermal physics course were asked to compare quantities related to the First Law of Thermodynamics along with similar mathematical questions devoid of all…
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Student Estimates of Probability and Uncertainty in Advanced Laboratory and Statistical Physics Courses
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D. Mountcastle, B. Bucy, and J. Thompson, PERC 2007 Proceedings, 152155.
Equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems are highly predictable as n, the number of particles approaches and exceeds Avogadro's number; theories of statistical physics depend on…
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What Is Entropy? Advanced Undergraduate Performance Comparing Ideal Gas Processes
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, PERC 2005 Proceedings, 8184.
We report data on upperlevel student understanding of entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics when comparing the isothermal and free expansions of an ideal gas. Data from pre…
http://www.percentral.org/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8926&DocID=3487
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Development and assessment of researchbased tutorials on heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics
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M. Cochran and P. Heron, Am. J. Phys.,
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We report on an investigation of student ability to apply the second law of thermodynamics to cyclic devices such as heat engines and refrigerators. Students enrolled in courses…
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Student (Mis)application of Partial Differentiation to Material Properties
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, PERC 2006 Proceedings, 157160.
Students in upperlevel undergraduate thermodynamics courses were asked about the relationship between the complementary partial derivatives of the isothermal compressibility and the…
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