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written by David J. Roundy, Ayush Gupta, Joseph F. Wagner, Tevian Dray, Mary Bridget Kustusch, and Corinne A. Manogue
The complexity of thermodynamics challenges many students as well as faculty. Understanding what a partial derivative represents may be key to reducing the anxiety associated with this topic. In this session, participants engaged with a sequence of activities designed to elucidate the mathematics of thermodynamics through multiple representations of partial derivatives. Activities include: experiments that provide exemplars of measuring thermodynamic quantities involving partial derivatives, thought experiments where students design ways to measure particular partial derivatives representing thermodynamic quantities, a mechanical analogue that physically represents changes that hold specific quantities fixed, and an algebraic formulation of a partial derivative chain rule. Our discussants, Ayush Gupta and Joseph Wagner, each comment on how their different research perspectives can contribute to and are necessary for a holistic understanding of what happens during this kind of curricular sequence.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 42-45
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.inv.009
PACSs:
01.40.Di
01.50.Qb
Keywords:
PERC 2013, Paradigms in Physics Project, experiments, partial derivatives, thermodynamics
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D. Roundy, A. Gupta, J. Wagner, T. Dray, M. Kustusch, and C. Manogue, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13092&DocID=3627).
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D. Roundy, A. Gupta, J. Wagner, T. Dray, M. Kustusch, and C. Manogue, From Fear To Fun In Thermodynamics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13092&DocID=3627>.
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Roundy, D., Gupta, A., Wagner, J., Dray, T., Kustusch, M., & Manogue, C. (2013, July 17-18). From Fear To Fun In Thermodynamics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13092&DocID=3627
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Roundy, D, A. Gupta, J. Wagner, T. Dray, M. Kustusch, and C. Manogue. "From Fear To Fun In Thermodynamics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13092&DocID=3627 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Roundy, David, Ayush Gupta, Joseph Wagner, Tevian Dray, Mary Bridget Kustusch, and Corinne Manogue. "From Fear To Fun In Thermodynamics." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 42-45 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13092&DocID=3627>.
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