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American Journal of Physics
written by Christian H. Kautz, Paula R. L. Heron, Peter S. Shaffer, and Lillian C. McDermott
Evidence from research indicates that many undergraduate science and engineering majors have seriously flawed microscopic models for the pressure and temperature in an ideal gas. In the investigation described in this paper, some common mistaken ideas about microscopic processes were identified. Examples illustrate the use of this information in the design of instruction that helped improve student understanding of the ideal gas law, especially its substance independence. Some broader implications of this study for the teaching of thermal physics are noted.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 73, Issue 11, Pages 1064-1071
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Education - Basic Research
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Thermo & Stat Mech
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© 2005 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.2060715
PACSs:
01.50.-i
51.10.+y
51.30.+i
Keywords:
Ideal Gas Law, misconceptions, physics education
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Metadata instance created July 11, 2012 by Zachary Davis
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C. Kautz, P. Heron, P. Shaffer, and L. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 73 (11), 1064 (2005), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2060715).
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C. Kautz, P. Heron, P. Shaffer, and L. McDermott, Student understanding of the ideal gas law, Part II: A microscopic perspective Am. J. Phys. 73 (11), 1064 (2005), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2060715>.
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Kautz, C., Heron, P., Shaffer, P., & McDermott, L. (2005, November 1). Student understanding of the ideal gas law, Part II: A microscopic perspective . Am. J. Phys., 73(11), 1064-1071. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2060715
Chicago Format
Kautz, C, P. Heron, P. Shaffer, and L. McDermott. "Student understanding of the ideal gas law, Part II: A microscopic perspective ." Am. J. Phys. 73, no. 11, (November 1, 2005): 1064-1071, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2060715 (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Kautz, Christian, Paula Heron, Peter Shaffer, and Lillian C. McDermott. "Student understanding of the ideal gas law, Part II: A microscopic perspective ." Am. J. Phys. 73.11 (2005): 1064-1071. 29 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2060715>.
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