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written by Katherine Misaiko and James Vesenka
Kinetic Theory and Bernoulli's Principle are fundamental concepts life science students can use to explain a variety of important biological phenomena. Based on paired student interviews we established that many UNE students had no molecular models to describe fluid behavior, and what models students did have were typically flawed. We developed simple experimental activities and questions to help pinpoint student preconceptions regarding ideal gas behavior and a fluid dynamics concept relating to Bernoulli's Principle. Students were asked to use multiple representations (diagrams, graphs, math and verbal descriptions) to explain these experiments. Our research suggested that understanding Bernoulli's Principle was helped by having a conceptual understanding of kinetic theory, in particular equating pressure with particle collisions. Based on these results a multi-representational "modeling centered" ideal gas law lab, using semi-quantitative diagrammatic tools, was created. We tested the lab on our spring 2013 general physics students in order to investigate the impact of the improved models on Bernoulli's Principle comprehension. The same students were post-tested on a new set of similar ideal gas and fluids dynamics problems with the results indicating substantial improved gains in answering fluids statics questions and modest gains on Bernoulli Principle questions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 257-260
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Modeling
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Cognition
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
Fluid Mechanics
- General
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.052
NSF Numbers:
0737458
1044154
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G
Keywords:
Bernoulli Principle, Ideal Gas Law, Multiple representations, PERC 2013, kinetic theory, particle model
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K. Misaiko and J. Vesenka, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13177&DocID=3724).
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K. Misaiko and J. Vesenka, Connecting the Dots: Links between Kinetic Theory and Bernoulli's Principle presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13177&DocID=3724>.
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Misaiko, K., & Vesenka, J. (2013, July 17-18). Connecting the Dots: Links between Kinetic Theory and Bernoulli's Principle. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved September 16, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13177&DocID=3724
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Misaiko, Katherine, and James Vesenka. "Connecting the Dots: Links between Kinetic Theory and Bernoulli's Principle." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13177&DocID=3724 (accessed 16 September 2014).
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Misaiko, Katherine, and James Vesenka. "Connecting the Dots: Links between Kinetic Theory and Bernoulli's Principle." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 257-260 of PER Conference. 16 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13177&DocID=3724>.
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