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Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids
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Michael E. Loverude
As part of an ongoing research and curriculum development project for upper-division courses in thermal physics, we have developed a sequence of tutorials in which students apply statistical methods to examine the behavior of two interacting Einstein solids. In the sequence, students begin with simple results from probability and develop a means for counting the states in a single Einstein solid. The students then consider the thermal interaction of two solids, and observe that the classical equilibrium state corresponds to the most probable distribution of energy between the two solids. As part of the development of the tutorial sequence, we have developed several assessment questions to probe student understanding of various aspects of this system. In this paper, we describe the strengths and weaknesses of student reasoning, both qualitative and quantitative, to assess the readiness of students for one tutorial in the sequence.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010 Volume 1289, Pages 213-216
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<a href="http://www.compadre.org/PER/items/detail.cfm?ID=10453">Loverude, Michael. "Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010.</a>
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M. Loverude, Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912>.
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Loverude, M. (2010, July 21-22). Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved February 28, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912
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Loverude, Michael. "Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912 (accessed 28 February 2017).
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Loverude, Michael. "Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 213-216 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 28 Feb. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912>.
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Address = {Portland, Oregon},
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Volume = {1289},
Month = {July 21-22},
Year = {2010}
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