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Abstract Title: Conserving energy in physics and society: Creating an integrated model of energy and the second law of thermodynamics
Abstract: Entropy is typically not a central focus either in introductory university physics textbooks or in national standards for secondary education. However, entropy is a key part of a strong conceptual model of energy, especially for connecting energy conservation to energy degradation and the irreversibility of processes. We are developing a conceptual model of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics as they relate to energy, with the goal of creating models and representations that link energy and entropy in a meaningful way for learners analyzing real-life energy scenarios. We expect this model to help learners better understand how their everyday experiences relate to formal physics analyses. Our goal is to develop tools for use with elementary and secondary teachers and secondary and university students.
Footnote: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0822342.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Research on the learning and teaching of Thermodynamics: Insight from many perspectives

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Abigail Daane
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 5104075239
and Co-Presenter(s)
Stamatis Vokos/Seattle Pacific University
Rachel E. Scherr/Seattle Pacific University

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