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American Journal of Physics
written by Benjamin W. Dreyfus, Benjamin D. Geller, David E. Meltzer, and Vashti Sawtelle
This Resource Letter draws on discipline-based education research from physics, chemistry, and biology to collect literature on the teaching of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics in the three disciplines. Thermodynamics is central to our understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology. However, in most cases, these three disciplines treat the topic in distinct ways. The primary goal of this Resource Letter is to provide a list of peer-reviewed journal articles reporting research on teaching and learning of thermodynamics in physics, chemistry, biology, or any combination of those fields. A second goal is to delineate the differences and draw attention to places of potential overlap in the thermodynamics education research done in each of the three disciplines. We have focused on introductory-level thermodynamics (first-year physics, biology, and chemistry), but acknowledge that there is potential overlap at upper-level classes as well. While the overlap among the disciplinary literatures is limited at present, we hope this Resource Letter will spark more interdisciplinary interaction.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 83, Issue 1, Pages 5-21
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
= Multidisciplinary
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Research Design & Methodology
= Literature
Modern Physics
- Biophysics
Other Sciences
- Chemistry
- Engineering
- Life Sciences
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
- General
- Kinetic and Diffusive Processes
= Kinetic Theory
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Second and Third Law
= Carnot Cycle
= Entropy
= Heat Engines
= Thermodynamic Potentials
- Upper Undergraduate
- Collection
- Reference Material
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© 2014 American Institute of Physics (AIP)
DOI:
10.1119/1.4891673
NSF Numbers:
DGE-0750616
DUE-1122818
Keywords:
IPLS, Introductory Physics for Life Sciences, STP, Statistical-Thermal Physics, chemical bonding, chemical energy, chemical thermodynamics, thermal physics research, thermodynamics research collection
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Metadata instance created May 18, 2023 by Sam McKagan
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June 11, 2023 by Caroline Hall
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December 23, 2014
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B. Dreyfus, B. Geller, D. Meltzer, and V. Sawtelle, , Am. J. Phys. 83 (1), 5 (2014), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4891673).
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B. Dreyfus, B. Geller, D. Meltzer, and V. Sawtelle, Resource Letter TTSM-1: Teaching Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics in Introductory Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, Am. J. Phys. 83 (1), 5 (2014), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4891673>.
APA Format
Dreyfus, B., Geller, B., Meltzer, D., & Sawtelle, V. (2014, December 23). Resource Letter TTSM-1: Teaching Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics in Introductory Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Am. J. Phys., 83(1), 5-21. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4891673
Chicago Format
Dreyfus, B, B. Geller, D. Meltzer, and V. Sawtelle. "Resource Letter TTSM-1: Teaching Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics in Introductory Physics, Chemistry, and Biology." Am. J. Phys. 83, no. 1, (December 23, 2014): 5-21, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4891673 (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Dreyfus, Benjamin, Benjamin Geller, David Meltzer, and Vashti Sawtelle. "Resource Letter TTSM-1: Teaching Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics in Introductory Physics, Chemistry, and Biology." Am. J. Phys. 83.1 (2014): 5-21. 22 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4891673>.
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