An inquiry-based approach to Maxwell distribution: a case study with engineering students

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Abstract

The concept of distribution is a fundamental component of statistical thinking.This paper describes a teaching approach for it that uses a specific activityrelated to the field of statistical mechanics. The concept of the velocitydistribution of a particle system is dealt with using an inquiry-based approachinvolving an experimental examination of Maxwell’s distribution. Someoutcomes of a teaching experiment held at the Faculty of Engineering of theUniversity of Palermo, Italy are described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-990
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume34
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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