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Comparing undergraduate and graduate student reasoning on a conceptual entropy questionnaire
written by Nathan Crossette, Michael Vignal, and Bethany R. Wilcox
In a prior study, we investigated graduate student reasoning on a set of entropy-related conceptual tasks in a think-aloud format. The tasks involved entropy from microscopic and macroscopic perspectives, ideal gases, and a novel context involving a system with a dynamic string. In the current study, we conducted interviews with undergraduates using the same questionnaire. Most students were interviewed during the second half of their upper-division Thermal Physics course at the University of Colorado Boulder while two were upper-division undergraduates from other institutions with strong physics programs. We analyze the responses of the undergraduates to a section of the interview involving a novel system of a dynamic string waving in a bath of water and discuss the similarities and differences between the undergraduate and graduate students' responses. The responses from the two populations share many similarities with a few noteworthy exceptions. The undergraduates generally did not produce multiple macrostate classifications in the novel system, and some expressed a concern with what they perceived to be an infinite number of microstates---and thus infinite entropy---which was not a concern among the graduate students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 105-110
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
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- Problem Solving
= Expert-Novice Comparisons
- Student Characteristics
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Thermo & Stat Mech
- Ensembles
= Macrostate
= Microstate
- Second and Third Law
= Entropy
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
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N. Crossette, M. Vignal, and B. Wilcox, Comparing undergraduate and graduate student reasoning on a conceptual entropy questionnaire, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15733&DocID=5467>.
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Crossette, N., Vignal, M., & Wilcox, B. (2021, August 4-5). Comparing undergraduate and graduate student reasoning on a conceptual entropy questionnaire. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15733&DocID=5467
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Crossette, N, M. Vignal, and B. Wilcox. "Comparing undergraduate and graduate student reasoning on a conceptual entropy questionnaire." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15733&DocID=5467 (accessed 4 December 2022).
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Crossette, Nathan, Michael Vignal, and Bethany Wilcox. "Comparing undergraduate and graduate student reasoning on a conceptual entropy questionnaire." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 105-110 of PER Conference. 4 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15733&DocID=5467>.
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