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American Journal of Physics
written by Matthew J. Cochran and Paula R. L. Heron
We report on an investigation of student ability to apply the second law of thermodynamics to cyclic devices such as heat engines and refrigerators. Students enrolled in courses ranging from algebra-based introductory physics to a junior-level thermodynamics course were asked if certain specified processes could occur. Their responses revealed several conceptual difficulties, including the failure to recognize the relevance of the second law to various problems. These findings informed the development of two tutorials to supplement instruction in standard undergraduate courses. Student performance on examination questions indicates that both tutorials can help improve understanding.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 74, Issue 8, Pages 734-741
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Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Tutorial
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Second and Third Law
= Heat Engines
= Refrigerators
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2006 American Journal of Physics
DOI:
10.1119/1.2198889
Keywords:
supplemental instruction, thermodynamics, tutorial development
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Metadata instance created June 25, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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M. Cochran and P. Heron, Am. J. Phys. 74 (8), 734 (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2198889).
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M. Cochran and P. Heron, Development and assessment of research-based tutorials on heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics Am. J. Phys. 74 (8), 734 (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2198889>.
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Cochran, M., & Heron, P. (2006, August 1). Development and assessment of research-based tutorials on heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics. Am. J. Phys., 74(8), 734-741. Retrieved September 16, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2198889
Chicago Format
Cochran, Matthew, and Paula Heron. "Development and assessment of research-based tutorials on heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics." Am. J. Phys. 74, no. 8, (August 1, 2006): 734-741, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2198889 (accessed 16 September 2014).
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Cochran, Matthew, and Paula Heron. "Development and assessment of research-based tutorials on heat engines and the second law of thermodynamics." Am. J. Phys. 74.8 (2006): 734-741. 16 Sep. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2198889>.
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