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written by John R. Thompson, Brandon Bucy, and Donald B. Mountcastle
We are engaged in a research project to study teaching and learning in upper-level thermal physics courses. We have begun to explore student functional understanding of mathematical concepts when applied in thermal physics contexts. We report here preliminary findings associated with partial differentiation and the Maxwell relations, which equate mixed second partial derivatives of various state functions. Our results suggest that students are often unable to apply the appropriate mathematical concepts and operations to the physical situations encountered in the course, despite having taken the prerequisite mathematics courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2005
Part of the PER Conference series
Salt Lake City, Utah: August 10-11, 2005
Volume 818, Pages 77-80
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PERC 2005, application of mathematical concepts, educational courses, thermodynamics
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J. Thompson, B. Bucy, and D. Mountcastle, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8925&DocID=1781).
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J. Thompson, B. Bucy, and D. Mountcastle, Assessing Student Understanding of Partial Derivatives in Thermodynamics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8925&DocID=1781>.
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Thompson, J., Bucy, B., & Mountcastle, D. (2005, August 10-11). Assessing Student Understanding of Partial Derivatives in Thermodynamics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8925&DocID=1781
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Thompson, J, B. Bucy, and D. Mountcastle. "Assessing Student Understanding of Partial Derivatives in Thermodynamics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 10-11, 2005. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8925&DocID=1781 (accessed 1 August 2014).
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Thompson, John, Brandon Bucy, and Donald Mountcastle. "Assessing Student Understanding of Partial Derivatives in Thermodynamics." Physics Education Research Conference 2005. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2005. 77-80 Vol. 818 of PER Conference. 1 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8925&DocID=1781>.
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