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As part of an investigation into student learning of thermodynamics, we have probed the reasoning of students enrolled in introductory and advanced courses in both physics and chemistry. A particular focus of this work has been put on the learning difficulties encountered by physics, chemistry, and engineering students enrolled in an upper-level thermal physics course that included many topics also covered in physical chemistry courses. We have explored the evolution of students' understanding as they progressed from the introductory course through more advanced courses. Through this investigation we have gained insights into students' learning difficulties in thermodynamics at various levels. Our experience in addressing these learning difficulties may provide insights into analogous pedagogical issues in upper-level courses in both engineering and chemistry which focus on the theory and applications of thermodynamics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 38-41
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Learning Theory
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Thermo & Stat Mech
- General
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2508686
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508686
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2006, cognition, engineering education, learning theory, pedagogical issues, physical chemistry, student learning difficulties, thermodynamics
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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February 4, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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D. Meltzer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5246&DocID=2114).
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D. Meltzer, Investigation of Student Learning in Thermodynamics and Implications for Instruction in Chemistry and Engineering presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5246&DocID=2114>.
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Meltzer, D. (2006, July 26-27). Investigation of Student Learning in Thermodynamics and Implications for Instruction in Chemistry and Engineering. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5246&DocID=2114
Chicago Format
Meltzer, David. "Investigation of Student Learning in Thermodynamics and Implications for Instruction in Chemistry and Engineering." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5246&DocID=2114 (accessed 28 August 2014).
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Meltzer, David. "Investigation of Student Learning in Thermodynamics and Implications for Instruction in Chemistry and Engineering." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 38-41 Vol. 883 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 28 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5246&DocID=2114>.
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