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Abstract Title: They still remember what I never taught them
Abstract: As part of an ongoing project to examine student learning in upper-division courses in thermal and statistical physics, we have examined student reasoning about the approach of macroscopic objects to thermal equilibrium.  We have examined reasoning in terms of heat transfer, entropy maximization, and statistical treatments of multiplicity and probability.  In the current poster, we present student responses from a set of interviews completed 1-2 years after students had completed the thermal physics course.  Students gave a variety of responses, but most students gave answers that did not correspond to the models that they had been taught in the course.
Footnote: Supported in part by NSF CCLI grant DUE-0817335.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Research on the learning and teaching of Thermodynamics: Insight from many perspectives

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Loverude
California State University Fullerton
MH 611 Department of Physics
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: 657-278-2270

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