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Abstract Title: Survey on Upper-Division Thermal Physics Content Coverage
Abstract: Thermal physics is a core course requirement for most physics degrees and encompasses thermodynamics and statistical mechanics content. However, the primary content foci of thermal physics courses vary across universities. This variation can make creation of targeted materials or assessment tools for thermal physics difficult. To determine the scope and content variability of thermal physics courses across institutions, we distributed a survey to over 150 institutions to solicit content priorities from faculty and instructors who have taught upper-division thermodynamics and/or statistical mechanics. We present results from the survey, which highlight key similarities and differences in thermal physics content coverage across institutions. We discuss implications of these findings for the development of instructional tools and assessments that are useful to the widest range of institutions and physics instructors.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C56
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katherine Rainey
University of Colorado Boulder
390 UCB
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Bethany Wilcox, University of Colorado Boulder

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