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Abstract Title: Student Understanding of Basic Probability Concepts in an Upper-Division Thermal Physics Course
Abstract: As part of an ongoing study of student understanding in upper-division thermal physics, we developed a number of simple diagnostic questions designed to probe understanding of basic probability concepts.  As reported in 2007, many students had difficulty in distinguishing the concepts of microstate and macrostate, and in applying mathematical relationships for multiplicity of simple systems.  We have tested a tutorial sequence designed to address some of the difficulties.  In this poster we will briefly summarize previous results, show post-test results from the target courses, and describe aspects of the tutorial sequence that are likely in need of modification.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Loverude
California State University Fullerton
Dept of Physics MH-611
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: 657-278-2270