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ERIC Number: EJ892006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Conductive Critical Thinking
Paetkau, Mark
Physics Teacher, v45 n5 p292-293 May 2007
One of my goals as an instructor is to teach students critical thinking skills. This paper presents an example of a student-led discussion of heat conduction at the first-year level. Heat loss from a human head is calculated using conduction and radiation models. The results of these plausible (but wrong) models of heat transfer contradict what they know from experience (and from what their mothers have told them). What better way to elicit discussion?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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