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As part of an ongoing research and curriculum development project for upper-division courses in thermal physics, we have developed a sequence of tutorials in which students apply statistical methods to examine the behavior of two interacting Einstein solids. In the sequence, students begin with simple results from probability and develop a means for counting the states in a single Einstein solid. The students then consider the thermal interaction of two solids, and observe that the classical equilibrium state corresponds to the most probable distribution of energy between the two solids. As part of the development of the tutorial sequence, we have developed several assessment questions to probe student understanding of various aspects of this system. In this paper, we describe the strengths and weaknesses of student reasoning, both qualitative and quantitative, to assess the readiness of students for one tutorial in the sequence.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 213-216
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
Thermo & Stat Mech
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- Probability
- Statistical Physics
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PERC 2010, probability, statistical physics, student understanding, thermal physics, thermal physics, tutorials
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M. Loverude, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912).
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M. Loverude, Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912>.
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Loverude, M. (2010, July 21-22). Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912
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Loverude, Michael. "Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912 (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Loverude, Michael. "Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 213-216 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10453&DocID=1912>.
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