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Science & Education

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 279–291 | Cite as

Difficulties in Learning Thermodynamic Concepts Are They Linked to the Historical Development of this Field?

  • María I. Cotignola
  • Clelia Bordogna
  • Graciela Punte
  • Osvaldo M. Cappannini
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Abstract

Students' misunderstanding of basic thermodynamic concepts is analysed on historicalgrounds. The persistence of some ideas from the caloric model are found to be reinforced bymagnitude names and unit definitions that were brought up at the early stages of thermodynamic development. The failure of many popular textbooks to make a clear distinction between internal energy and heat is also explored and related to Students' learning difficulties. Some hints that may help to improve Students' understanding are presented.

Keywords

Historical Development Clear Distinction Caloric Model Learning Difficulty Internal Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • María I. Cotignola
    • 1
  • Clelia Bordogna
    • 1
  • Graciela Punte
    • 1
  • Osvaldo M. Cappannini
    • 2
  1. 1.IMApEC, Departamento de Fisicomatemática, Facultad de IngenieríaUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Grupo de Didáctica de las Ciencias, IIPIEC, UNLPLa PlataArgentina

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