ERIC Number: EJ647941
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 2002
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Difficulties in Learning Thermodynamic Concepts: Are They Linked to the Historical Development of This Field?
Cotignola, Maria I.; Bordogna, Clelia; Punte, Graciela; Cappannini, Osvaldo M.
Science and Education, v11 n3 p279-91 May 2002
Analyzes students' misunderstanding of basic thermodynamic concepts on historical grounds. Finds that the persistence of some ideas from the caloric model are reinforced by magnitude names and unit definitions that were brought up at the early stages of thermodynamic development. Explores the failure of many popular textbooks to make a clear distinction between internal energy and heat and relates that to students' learning difficulties. (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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