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Faculty survey on upper-division thermal physics content coverage
written by Katherine D. Rainey and Bethany R. Wilcox
Thermal physics is a core course requirement for most physics degrees and encompasses both thermodynamics and statistical mechanics content. However, the primary content foci of thermal physics courses vary across universities. This variation can make creation of materials or assessment tools for thermal physics difficult. To determine the scope and content variability of thermal physics courses across institutions, we distributed a survey to over 140 institutions to determine content priorities from faculty and instructors who have taught upper-division thermodynamics and/or statistical mechanics. We present results from the survey, which highlight key similarities and differences in thermal physics content coverage across institutions. Though we see variations in content coverage, we found 9 key topical areas covered by all respondents in their upper-division thermal physics courses. We discuss implications of these findings for the development of instructional tools and assessments that are useful to the widest range of institutions and physics instructors.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 494-499
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Course Goals
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Instructor: Faculty
Thermo & Stat Mech
- General
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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K. Rainey and B. Wilcox, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15326&DocID=5239).
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K. Rainey and B. Wilcox, Faculty survey on upper-division thermal physics content coverage, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15326&DocID=5239>.
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Rainey, K., & Wilcox, B. (2019, July 24-25). Faculty survey on upper-division thermal physics content coverage. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved September 26, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15326&DocID=5239
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Rainey, Katherine, and Bethany Wilcox. "Faculty survey on upper-division thermal physics content coverage." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15326&DocID=5239 (accessed 26 September 2020).
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Rainey, Katherine, and Bethany Wilcox. "Faculty survey on upper-division thermal physics content coverage." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 494-499 of PER Conference. 26 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15326&DocID=5239>.
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