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Identifying student resources for reasoning microscopically about heat and temperature
written by Anne T. Alesandrini, Tra Huynh, Lauren C. Bauman, and Amy D. Robertson
We identify three conceptual resources that introductory physics students in our sample commonly use when reasoning microscopically about thermal physics topics: 1) differences will eventually even out, 2) macroscopic changes connect to microscopic collisions, and 3) when something is hotter (colder), its molecules are moving faster (slower). We report the prevalence of these resources, as well as the prevalence of microscopic thinking, in 624 written responses to three different heat and temperature questions administered to introductory physics students at four different colleges and universities. This work complements past research identifying common student difficulties in using microscopic models for heat and temperature, and it adds to the small but growing body of literature that focuses on student resources for heat and temperature, identifying ideas in student thinking that are sensible and continuous with formal physics. By reporting common student resources, we aim to assist instructors in noticing, appreciating, and building on student ideas during introductory thermal physics instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 37-43
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Education - Basic Research
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Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Thermal Equilibrium
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
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A. Alesandrini, T. Huynh, L. Bauman, and A. Robertson, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16206&DocID=5575).
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A. Alesandrini, T. Huynh, L. Bauman, and A. Robertson, Identifying student resources for reasoning microscopically about heat and temperature, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16206&DocID=5575>.
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Alesandrini, A., Huynh, T., Bauman, L., & Robertson, A. (2022, July 13-14). Identifying student resources for reasoning microscopically about heat and temperature. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16206&DocID=5575
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Alesandrini, A, T. Huynh, L. Bauman, and A. Robertson. "Identifying student resources for reasoning microscopically about heat and temperature." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16206&DocID=5575 (accessed 4 February 2023).
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Alesandrini, Anne T., Tra Huynh, Lauren C. Bauman, and Amy Robertson. "Identifying student resources for reasoning microscopically about heat and temperature." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 37-43 of PER Conference. 4 Feb. 2023 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16206&DocID=5575>.
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