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Expert reasoning about independent and dependent variables in thermodynamics
written by Michael Vignal, Reese R. Siegel, Paul J. Emigh, and Elizabeth Gire
Thermodynamic potentials (or free energies) are different energies that can describe the same system using different sets of independent variables. While the flexibility to consider one system in multiple ways is powerful, deciding which variables to treat as independent--and therefore which thermodynamic potential to use--is challenging for students. As part of a larger study investigating student reasoning about independent variables in thermodynamics, we interviewed five thermodynamics experts to learn how they make decisions about independent variables and thermodynamic potentials. This paper outlines the variety of approaches these experts used to determine appropriate independent variables and thermodynamic potentials for given situations.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
= Expert-Novice Comparisons
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Second and Third Law
= Thermodynamic Potentials
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Vignal
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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M. Vignal, R. Siegel, P. Emigh, and E. Gire, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14861&DocID=5008).
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M. Vignal, R. Siegel, P. Emigh, and E. Gire, Expert reasoning about independent and dependent variables in thermodynamics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14861&DocID=5008>.
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Vignal, M., Siegel, R., Emigh, P., & Gire, E. (2018, August 1-2). Expert reasoning about independent and dependent variables in thermodynamics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved June 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14861&DocID=5008
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Vignal, M, R. Siegel, P. Emigh, and E. Gire. "Expert reasoning about independent and dependent variables in thermodynamics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14861&DocID=5008 (accessed 3 June 2020).
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Vignal, Michael, Reese R. Siegel, Paul Emigh, and Elizabeth Gire. "Expert reasoning about independent and dependent variables in thermodynamics." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 June 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14861&DocID=5008>.
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