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written by Evan B. Pollock, John R. Thompson, and Donald B. Mountcastle
Students in an upper-level thermal physics course were asked to compare quantities related to the First Law of Thermodynamics along with similar mathematical questions devoid of all physical context. We report on a comparison of student responses to physics questions involving interpretation of ideal gas processes on P-V diagrams and to analogous mathematical qualitative questions about the signs of and comparisons between the magnitudes of various integrals. Student performance on individual questions combined with performance on the paired questions shows evidence of isolated understanding of physics and mathematics. Some difficulties are addressed by instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 168-171
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© 2007 2007 American Institute of Physics.
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10.1063/1.2820924
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0406764
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01.40.Fk
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05.70.-a
Keywords:
PERC 2007, diagrams, educational aids, educational courses, mathematical analogies, physics, student experiments, thermodynamic properties
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E. Pollock, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9096&DocID=2013).
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E. Pollock, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, Student Understanding of the Physics and Mathematics of Process Variables in P-V Diagrams, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9096&DocID=2013>.
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Pollock, E., Thompson, J., & Mountcastle, D. (2007, August 1-2). Student Understanding of the Physics and Mathematics of Process Variables in P-V Diagrams. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9096&DocID=2013
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Pollock, E, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle. "Student Understanding of the Physics and Mathematics of Process Variables in P-V Diagrams." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9096&DocID=2013 (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Pollock, Evan, John Thompson, and Donald Mountcastle. "Student Understanding of the Physics and Mathematics of Process Variables in P-V Diagrams." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 168-171 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9096&DocID=2013>.
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