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written by Brandon Bucy, John R. Thompson, and Donald B. Mountcastle
We report data on upper-level student understanding of entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics when comparing the isothermal and free expansions of an ideal gas. Data from pre- and post-instruction written questions are presented, and several noteworthy features of student performance are identified and discussed. These features include ways students think about these topics prior to instruction as well as specific difficulties and other interesting aspects of student thought that persist after instruction. Implications for future research are also addressed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2005
Part of the PER Conference series
Salt Lake City, Utah: August 10-11, 2005
Volume 818, Pages 81-84
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Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
- Cognition
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Second and Third Law
= Entropy
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2005 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2177028
NSF Number:
0406764
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
05.70.Ce
65.40.Gr
Keywords:
PERC 2005, entropy, persistance of student difficulties, prior knowledge, thermodynamics
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, 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=8926&DocID=3487).
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, What Is Entropy? Advanced Undergraduate Performance Comparing Ideal Gas Processes presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8926&DocID=3487>.
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Bucy, B., Thompson, J., & Mountcastle, D. (2005, August 10-11). What Is Entropy? Advanced Undergraduate Performance Comparing Ideal Gas Processes. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved August 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8926&DocID=3487
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Bucy, B, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle. "What Is Entropy? Advanced Undergraduate Performance Comparing Ideal Gas Processes." 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=8926&DocID=3487 (accessed 29 August 2014).
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Bucy, Brandon, John Thompson, and Donald Mountcastle. "What Is Entropy? Advanced Undergraduate Performance Comparing Ideal Gas Processes." Physics Education Research Conference 2005. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2005. 81-84 Vol. 818 of PER Conference. 29 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8926&DocID=3487>.
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