A Mistake Based Approach Probing Students' Understanding of PV-Type Work in Thermodynamics
There are several concepts in molecular thermodynamics whicheasily befuddle students. PV-type work done, presents onesuch example. Classifying the systematic mistakes made bystudents in response to a concept-based question on workdone in thermodynamics, and sharing them across a publicforum results in a paradigm of learning called the ‘mistakebased approach’. This approach is a subset of a populargenre in science education known as ‘student conceptionstudies’. It extends beyond thermodynamics itself, is particularlyamenable to undergraduate education and applies tomultiple disciplines of science and beyond.