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Student responses to chain rule problems in thermodynamics
written by Ian W. Founds, Paul J. Emigh, and Corinne A. Manogue
Students often struggle with the many partial derivatives used in the study of thermodynamics. This project explores how students respond to chain rule problems in an upper-level undergraduate thermodynamics course. This project's dataset is composed of anonymized student responses to two such problems. We used an emergent coding method to sort responses by solution method. Observed solution methods include variable and differential substitution, implicit differentiation, differential division, and chain rule diagrams. The change of students' solution methods between as signments was also observed. Responses were later analyzed to identify conceptual errors . Students make specific errors that provide insight into their lack of conceptual understanding of the solution methods.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 136-139
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I. Founds, P. Emigh, and C. Manogue, Student responses to chain rule problems in thermodynamics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14588&DocID=4765>.
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Founds, I., Emigh, P., & Manogue, C. (2017, July 26-27). Student responses to chain rule problems in thermodynamics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved November 20, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14588&DocID=4765
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Founds, I, P. Emigh, and C. Manogue. "Student responses to chain rule problems in thermodynamics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14588&DocID=4765 (accessed 20 November 2018).
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Founds, Ian W., Paul Emigh, and Corinne Manogue. "Student responses to chain rule problems in thermodynamics." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 136-139 of PER Conference. 20 Nov. 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14588&DocID=4765>.
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