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A. diSessa, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 11-14.
This paper sketches a careful analysis of an exceptional classroom event where students develop, without explicit instruction, a model equivalent to Newton’s thermal law as a…
  
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D. Meltzer, PERC 2001 Proceedings.
This paper, presented at the 2001 Physics Education Research Conference, shares the results of a diagnostic quiz administered over the past two years in the calculus-based…
American Journal of Physics
  
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M. Loverude, C. Kautz, and P. Heron, Am. J. Phys., 70 (2), 137-148 (2002).
We report on an investigation of student understanding of the first law of thermodynamics. The students involved were drawn from first-year university physics courses and a…
American Journal of Physics
  
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D. Meltzer, Am. J. Phys., 72 (11), 1432-1446 (2004).
Many studies have shown that pre-university students have substantial learning difficulties related to heat, temperature, and related concepts. However, very few investigations have…
  
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C. Alvarado, M. Wittmann, A. Rogers, and L. Millay, PERC 2016 Proceedings, 32-35.
In the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP), we have observed that students improve the way they analyze thermal energy after instruction. Still, many of them continue to…
  
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C. Tanahoung, R. Chitaree, C. Soankwan, M. Sharma, and I. Johnston, The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, 190-194 (2006).
In 2005 a project was undertaken at Mahidol University of Thailand. The aim of the project was to measure introductory students’ conceptual understanding of heat and temperature. In…
International Journal of Science Education
  
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H. Chu, D. Treagust, S. Yeo, and M. Zadnik, Int. J. Sci. Educ., 34 (10), 1509-1534 (2012).
The aims of this study were to determine the underlying conceptual structure of the thermal concept evaluation (TCE) questionnaire, a pencil-and-paper instrument about everyday…
  
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P. Wattanakasiwich, P. Taleab, M. Sharma, and I. Johnston, Int. J. Innov. Sci. Math. Educ., 21 (1), 29-53 (2013).
Thermodynamics is a basic topic for both science and engineering disciplines. There have been many studies on heat and temperature, but only few focused on laws of thermodynamics.…
  
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C. Tanahoung, M. Sharma, I. Johnston, R. Chitaree, and C. Soankwan, Australian Institute of Physics National Congress (2006).
In 2006, a project was undertaken at the School of Physics, University of Sydney with the aim of measuring introductory students’ conceptual understanding of heat and temperature.…
  
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C. Manogue, E. Gire, and D. Roundy, PERC 2013 Proceedings, 27-30.
Upper-division physics requires students to use abstract mathematical objects to model measurable properties of physical entities. We have developed activities that engage students…