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T. Smith, W. Christensen, and J. Thompson, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 277-280.
We report the rationale behind and preliminary results from a guided-inquiry conceptual worksheet (a.k.a. tutorial) dealing with Carnot’s efficiency and the Carnot cycle. The…
  
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, PERC 2005 Proceedings, 81-84.
We report data on upper-level student understanding of entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics when comparing the isothermal and free expansions of an ideal gas. Data from pre-…
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M. Cochran and P. Heron, Am. J. Phys., 74 (8), 734-741 (2006).
We report on an investigation of student ability to apply the second law of thermodynamics to cyclic devices such as heat engines and refrigerators. Students enrolled in courses…
  
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M. Loverude, PERC 2012 Proceedings, 266-269.
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…
  
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A. Daane, S. Vokos, and R. Scherr, PERC 2012 Proceedings, 114-117.
The second law of thermodynamics is typically not a central focus either in introductory university physics textbooks or in national standards for secondary education. However, the…
  
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This thesis constitutes an investigation into student understanding of concepts in thermal physics in an introductory calculus-based university physics course. Nearly 90% of students…
  
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B. Harrer, R. Scherr, M. Wittmann, H. Close, and B. Frank, PERC 2011 Proceedings, 203-206.
Proximal formative assessment, the just-in-time elicitation of students' ideas that informs ongoing instruction, is usually associated with the instructor in a formal classroom…