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As part of ongoing research on student understanding in upper-division thermal physics, we developed a number of simple diagnostic questions designed to probe understanding of basic probability concepts. Preliminary results showed that many students had difficulty in distinguishing the concepts of microstate and macrostate, and in applying mathematical relationships for multiplicity of simple systems. We have tested a tutorial sequence designed to address some of the difficulties. We will summarize previous results, show post-test results from the target courses, and describe aspects of the tutorial sequence that are likely in need of modification.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 189-192
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Ensembles
= Macrostate
= Microstate
- Probability
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= Tutorial
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266711
NSF Number:
0817335
PACSs:
01.40.-d
02.50.Cw
02.10.Yn
Keywords:
PERC 2009, Probability, Statistical Physics, Student Understanding, Thermal Physics
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M. Loverude, Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upper-division thermal physics course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9446&DocID=1320>.
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Loverude, M. (2009, July 29-30). Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upper-division thermal physics course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9446&DocID=1320
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Loverude, Michael. "Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upper-division thermal physics course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9446&DocID=1320 (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Loverude, Michael. "Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upper-division thermal physics course." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 189-192 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9446&DocID=1320>.
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