Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session H42: Focus Session: Research in Mathematics Education and Mathematics in Physics Education
8:00 AM–9:36 AM,
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: John Thompson, University of Maine
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.H42.5
Abstract: H42.00005 : Student Understanding of Basic Probability Concepts in an Upper-Division Thermal Physics Course*
9:12 AM–9:24 AM
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(California State University Fullerton)
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 probability concepts. Preliminary results showed that many students had difficulty in distinguishing the concepts of microstate and macrostate, and in applying mathematical relationships for multiplicity of simple systems. We have tested a tutorial sequence designed to address some of the difficulties. We will summarize previous results, show post-test results from the target courses, and describe aspects of the tutorial sequence that are likely in need of modification.
*Supported in part by NSF CCLI grant DUE-0817335.
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