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written by Jessica W. Clark, John R. Thompson, and Donald B. Mountcastle
Thermodynamics is a core part of curricula in physics and many engineering fields. Despite the apparent similarity in coverage, individual courses in each discipline have distinct emphases and applications. Physics education researchers have identified student difficulties with concepts such as heat, temperature, and entropy as well as with larger grain-sized ideas such as state variables, path-dependent processes, etc. Engineering education research has corroborated some of these findings and has identified additional difficulties unique to engineering contexts such as confusion between steady-state and equilibrium processes. We are beginning a project that provides an opportunity to expand the interdisciplinary research on conceptual understanding in thermodynamics. This project has two goals: first, determine the overlapping content and concepts across the disciplines; second, compare conceptual understanding between these groups using existing conceptual questions from PER and EER. We present a review of PER and EER literature in thermodynamics and highlight some concepts that we will investigate.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 102-105
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Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Methods
- Research Design & Methodology
Thermo & Stat Mech
- General
- Reference Material
= Article
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- Professional/Practitioners
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789662
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0817282
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
05.70.-a
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Epistemology, PERC 2012
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J. Clark, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12671&DocID=3248).
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J. Clark, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, Comparing Student Conceptual Understanding of Thermodynamics in Physics and Engineering, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12671&DocID=3248>.
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Clark, J., Thompson, J., & Mountcastle, D. (2012, August 1-2). Comparing Student Conceptual Understanding of Thermodynamics in Physics and Engineering. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved November 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12671&DocID=3248
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Clark, J, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle. "Comparing Student Conceptual Understanding of Thermodynamics in Physics and Engineering." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12671&DocID=3248 (accessed 22 November 2014).
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Clark, Jessica, John Thompson, and Donald Mountcastle. "Comparing Student Conceptual Understanding of Thermodynamics in Physics and Engineering." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 102-105 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 22 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12671&DocID=3248>.
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