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2006 Summer Meeting — Syracuse, NY
July 22-26, 2006
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Date: Tuesday, July 25

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Research-based Pedagogical Strategies in Thermal Physics: Development and Assessment
  Location: HBC Kittredge
  Date: Tuesday, July 25
  Time: 8:50 p.m.
  Author: David E Meltzer, University of Washington
206 543-2779,
  Co-Author(s): Warren M. Christensen
  Abstract: We have been investigating student learning of concepts in thermal physics in both introductory- and upper-level courses, and we are developing new pedagogical strategies and curricular materials based on this research. We will report on preliminary results from the use of our research-based materials in the context of thermal physics courses at both the junior/senior level (a course taken mostly by physics majors), and at the sophomore-level (in which enrollment is approximately 50% physics majors). Preliminary results are promising in that some gains in performance seem to have been generated, although there is still much room for further improvement.
  Footnotes: Supported in part by NSF DUE 9981140 and PHY 0406724.
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