Observations of general learning patterns in an upper-level thermal physics course

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Abstract

I discuss some observations from using interactive-engagement instructional methods in an upper-level thermal physics course over a two-year period. From the standpoint of the subject matter knowledge of the upper-level students, there was a striking persistence of common learning difficulties previously observed in students enrolled in the introductory course, accompanied, however, by some notable contrasts between the groups. More broadly, I comment on comparisons and contrasts regarding general pedagogical issues among different student sub-populations, for example: differences in the receptivity of lower- and upper-level students to diagrammatic representations; varying receptivity to tutorial-style instructional approach within the upper-level population; and contrasting approaches to learning among physics and engineering sub-populations in the upper-level course with regard to use of symbolic notation, mathematical equations, and readiness to employ verbal explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages31-34
Number of pages4
Volume1179
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms - Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: Jul 29 2009Jul 30 2009

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Other2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor, MI
Period7/29/097/30/09

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Keywords

  • Physics education
  • Thermodynamics

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Observations of general learning patterns in an upper-level thermal physics course. / Meltzer, David.

AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1179 2009. p. 31-34.

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Meltzer, D 2009, Observations of general learning patterns in an upper-level thermal physics course. in AIP Conference Proceedings. vol. 1179, pp. 31-34, 2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 7/29/09. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3266745
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