Students’ explanations of thermal phenomena tend to focus on the properties and behaviours of objects, rather than thinking of the system of objects involved and their interactions

Energy and Thermal Physics

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

  •  Conduction, convection and radiation (11-16)

    Ref - Practical Physics; Energy; Thermal Transfers; Conduction, convection and radiation

    This activity consolidates the ideas about thermal transfer.

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References

The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.

For more information, see the University of York BEST website.

  • Chu, H; Treagust, D. F.; Yeo, S. and Zadnik, M. () Evaluation of Students' Understanding of Thermal Concepts in Everyday Contexts, International Journal of Science Education, 34, (10)

    1509-1534.

    Review sheet

  • Geourgiou, H. and Sharma, M.D. () University students understanding of Thermal Physics in everyday contexts, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 10,

    1119-1142.

    Review sheet

  • Thomas, P. L. and Schwenz, W. R. () College Physical Chemistry Students’ Conceptions of Equilibrium and Fundamental Thermodynamics, Journal of research in science teaching, 35 (10)

    1151–1160.

    Review sheet

  • Kesidou, S. and Duit, R. () Students' Conceptions of the Second Law of Thermodynamics- An Interpretive Study. Journal Of Research In Science Teaching, 30, (1)

    85-106.

    Review sheet

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