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written by Grant Sherer, Mary Bridget Kustusch, Corinne A. Manogue, and David J. Roundy
Research has shown that students struggle to understand the use of partial derivatives in thermodynamics. We have designed an apparatus, which we have called a Partial Derivative Machine, that serves as a mechanical analogue of a thermodynamic system. Using this device, students have a tangible way to wrestle with issues related to partial derivatives and thermodynamics, such as which variables are held fixed, how many variables are independent, and how energy can be added to a system. In this paper, we present a description of the apparatus, an introduction to the associated activities, and an overview of how this apparatus can be connected to thermodynamic systems.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 341-344
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.073
NSF Number:
1023120
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
05.70.-a
Keywords:
PERC 2013, Partial Derivatives, Physics Education, Thermodynamics, Upper-Division Physics
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G. Sherer, M. Kustusch, C. Manogue, and D. Roundy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13148&DocID=3695).
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G. Sherer, M. Kustusch, C. Manogue, and D. Roundy, The Partial Derivative Machine presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13148&DocID=3695>.
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Sherer, G., Kustusch, M., Manogue, C., & Roundy, D. (2013, July 17-18). The Partial Derivative Machine. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13148&DocID=3695
Chicago Format
Sherer, G, M. Kustusch, C. Manogue, and D. Roundy. "The Partial Derivative Machine." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13148&DocID=3695 (accessed 31 July 2014).
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Sherer, Grant, Mary Bridget Kustusch, Corinne Manogue, and David Roundy. "The Partial Derivative Machine." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 341-344 of PER Conference. 31 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13148&DocID=3695>.
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