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written by Paul J. Emigh, Gina Passante, and Peter S. Shaffer
The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington is examining student understanding of blackbody radiation. Results from interviews and questions administered in sophomore and upper-division courses indicate that traditional instruction on blackbody radiation often does not help students apply the concepts and mathematical formalism to real-world objects. We are developing an online homework that approaches blackbody radiation from a phenomenological viewpoint, rather than from an idealized formalism. Initial use suggests that this homework helps students understand, for example, how the spectrum of an incandescent light bulb changes with temperature. Moreover, students who have worked through the homework also seem able to provide more robust answers during interviews than students who have not. However, we find that students continue to struggle with the concept of blackbody radiation. Additional research is needed to be able to design more effective instructional materials.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 137-140
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Models
= Blackbody Radiation
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.022
NSF Number:
1022449
PACS:
01.40.G-
Keywords:
PERC 2013, blackbody radiation, modern physics, online homework, quantum mechanics, student understanding
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P. Emigh, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13127&DocID=3676).
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P. Emigh, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer, Student Understanding of Blackbody Radiation and Its Application to Everyday Objects presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13127&DocID=3676>.
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Emigh, P., Passante, G., & Shaffer, P. (2013, July 17-18). Student Understanding of Blackbody Radiation and Its Application to Everyday Objects. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13127&DocID=3676
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Emigh, P, G. Passante, and P. Shaffer. "Student Understanding of Blackbody Radiation and Its Application to Everyday Objects." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13127&DocID=3676 (accessed 1 August 2014).
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Emigh, Paul, Gina Passante, and Peter Shaffer. "Student Understanding of Blackbody Radiation and Its Application to Everyday Objects." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 137-140 of PER Conference. 1 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13127&DocID=3676>.
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