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M. Loverude
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M. Loverude, PERC 2009 Proceedings, 189-192.
As part of ongoing research on student understanding in upper-division thermal physics, we developed a number of simple diagnostic questions designed to probe understanding of basic…
  
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D. Mountcastle, B. Bucy, and J. Thompson
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D. Mountcastle, B. Bucy, and J. Thompson, PERC 2007 Proceedings, 152-155.
Equilibrium properties of macroscopic systems are highly predictable as n, the number of particles approaches and exceeds Avogadro's number; theories of statistical physics depend on…
  
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle
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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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J. Thompson, B. Bucy, and D. Mountcastle
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J. Thompson, B. Bucy, and D. Mountcastle, PERC 2005 Proceedings, 77-80.
We are engaged in a research project to study teaching and learning in upper-level thermal physics courses. We have begun to explore student functional understanding of mathematical…
  
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle
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B. Bucy, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, PERC 2006 Proceedings, 157-160.
Students in upper-level undergraduate thermodynamics courses were asked about the relationship between the complementary partial derivatives of the isothermal compressibility and the…
  
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P. Heron, 2006 PhysTEC Conference (2006).
This presentation from the 2006 PTEC Conference presents education research on topics in thermodynamics. Student responses to conceptual thermodynamics questions, and the conceptions…
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F. Reif, Am. J. Phys., 67 (12), 1051-1062 (1999).
Heat and thermodynamics are traditionally taught in the introductory physics course from a predominantly macroscopic point of view. However, it is advantageous to adopt a more modern…
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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…
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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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B. Lindsey, P. Heron, and P. Shaffer, Am. J. Phys., 77 (11), 999-1009 (2009).
The authors discuss students' ability to apply the concepts of work and energy to situations in which the internal structure of a system cannot be ignored, that is, the system cannot…