Developed by: John Thompson, Michael Loverude, David Meltzer, Warren Christensen, Don Mountcastle
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What? Guided-inquiry worksheet activities designed to help students develop a better understanding of upper-division thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
Student skills developed
- Conceptual understanding
- Problem-solving skills
Instructor effort required
For more information and to access the tutorials, email Mike Loverude at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to:
- at least 1 of the "based on" categories
- at least 1 of the "demonstrated to improve" categories
- at least 1 of the "studied using" categories
Research Validation Summary
Based on Research Into:
- theories of how students learn
- student ideas about specific topics
Demonstrated to Improve:
- conceptual understanding
- problem-solving skills
- lab skills
- beliefs and attitudes
- retention of students
- success of underrepresented groups
- performance in subsequent classes
- cycle of research and redevelopment
- student interviews
- classroom observations
- analysis of written work
- research at multiple institutions
- research by multiple groups
- peer-reviewed publication
- M. Loverude, Student understanding of basic probability concepts in an upper-division thermal physics course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009.
- M. Loverude, Investigating Student Understanding for a Statistical Analysis of Two Thermally Interacting Solids, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010.
- T. Smith, J. Thompson, and D. Mountcastle, Addressing Student Difficulties with Statistical Mechanics: The Boltzmann Factor, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010.