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Abstract Title: Implementing Tutorials in a Statistical Physics Course
Abstract: Statistical Physics is an intermediate course for engineering physics students at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this course, students have taken a traditional lecture-based introductory course in thermal physics and a thermodynamics course focused on thermal processes. In order to review some important required concepts at the beginning of the course, such as the behavior of an ideal gas and the First Law of Thermodynamics, two Tutorials designed by the Physics Education Group  at the University of Washington have been used. In this implementation, students have taken the pre- and post-tests recommended by the authors, have worked on the Tutorials assisted by qualified teaching assistants and have solved tutorial problems in cooperative groups. We present the results of the implementation and contrast them to previous results reported by the authors of these particular Tutorials when used by US students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hugo Alarcon
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Av. E. Garza Sada 2501
Colonia Tecnologico
Monterrey, Non U.S. 64849
Phone: 528183582000
Fax: 528183582000
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alejandro Mijangos,
Tecnologico de Monterrey;

Juan J. Velarde-MagaƱa,
Tecnologico de Monterrey