Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Guide Name
Tutorials in Thermal & Statistical Physics

Overview

Guided-inquiry worksheet activities (tutorials) designed to help students develop a better understanding of upper-division thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Tutorials
Level Designed for: Intermediate UndergraduateReferences coming soon, Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Intro College Calculus-based, Intro College Algebra-based
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Thermal / Statistical
Instructor Effort Medium
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Coherent framework for physics
Research Validation Based on research into: student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, CGPS, Physlets, SCALE-UP, OSP, LA Program, CAE TPS, Paradigms, Tutorials, Clickers
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, ABP Tutorials, OST Tutorials, Lecture-Tutorials, QuILTs, Mechanics Tutorials, Tutorials
Developer(s) John Thompson, Michael Loverude, David Meltzer, Warren Christensen, Don Mountcastle
Resources For more information and to access the tutorials, email Mike Loverude at mloverude@fullerton.edu.