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written by Trevor I. Smith, Warren M. Christensen, and John R. Thompson
We report the rationale behind and preliminary results from a guided-inquiry conceptual worksheet (a.k.a. tutorial) dealing with Carnot's efficiency and the Carnot cycle. The tutorial was administered in an upper-level thermodynamics course at the University of Maine. The tutorial was implemented as the third in a three-tutorial sequence designed to improve students' understanding of entropy and its applications. Initial pre- and post-tutorial assessment data suggest that student understanding of heat engines and the Carnot cycle improved as a result of tutorial instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 277-280
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Education Foundations
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Thermo & Stat Mech
- Second and Third Law
= Carnot Cycle
= Heat Engines
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266735
NSF Numbers:
0633951
0817282
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
05.70.-a
Keywords:
Carnot cycle, Carnot efficiency, PERC 2009, efficiency, guided-inquiry, heat engines, thermal physics, tutorial, upper-level
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Metadata instance created October 13, 2009 by Alea Smith
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August 31, 2011 by Harvey Gould
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T. Smith, W. Christensen, and J. Thompson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9503&DocID=1379).
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T. Smith, W. Christensen, and J. Thompson, Student difficulties with concepts related to entropy, heat engines and the Carnot cycle presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9503&DocID=1379>.
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Smith, T., Christensen, W., & Thompson, J. (2009, July 29-30). Student difficulties with concepts related to entropy, heat engines and the Carnot cycle. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9503&DocID=1379
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Smith, T, W. Christensen, and J. Thompson. "Student difficulties with concepts related to entropy, heat engines and the Carnot cycle." 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=9503&DocID=1379 (accessed 28 July 2014).
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Smith, Trevor I., Warren M. Christensen, and John Thompson. "Student difficulties with concepts related to entropy, heat engines and the Carnot cycle." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 277-280 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 28 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9503&DocID=1379>.
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