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Abstract Title: Investigating Student Understanding of Viscosity
Abstract: For introductory life science students, fluid dynamics is a topic that is important, relevant to biology, and yet difficult to understand conceptually. Our study focuses on probing understanding of pressure differentials and friction which underpin ideas of viscosity and fluid flow. Data was collected from think-aloud/demonstration interviews and was analyzed using the resource framework to look for productive student reasoning such as a microscopic viewpoint and gradient driven flow.  We investigated if a multiple-scale view of matter is useful for students when constructing a model of viscosity and will present both our model and feedback from students who have worked through it.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Daniel Young
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dawn Meredith, UNH
James Vasenka, UNE