Trevor Smith

  • 96 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20072020

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Personal profile

Research interests

Research Expertise: 
Physics Education Research

I study how people think about and learn physics. My major work has focused on developing instructional strategies for advanced undergraduate thermal physics courses. My current research centers on how students use and reason about mathematics in both introductory and advanced physics courses, and the ways in which they synthesize various pieces of information to form a coherent understanding of a particular topic. I am particularly interested in using statistical analyses to measure how student understanding of a particular topic changes during a course.

Honors and Awards:
Invited Plenary Speaker at the Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research Conference  2017
Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings Paper Award Finalist  2010

Member of:
American Association of Physics Teachers (www.aapt.org)
American Physical Society (www.aps.org)

Recent Academic Projects:
Measuring and representing student learning in introductory physics: A main goal of this project is to use statistical analyses to measure the relative “correctness” of various responses to common multiple-choice tests. These results may be used to show how students’ understanding of physics develops during a course, even if they do not choose the correct response.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

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Projects

Research Output

  • 96 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 9 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution
  • 2 Conference article
  • Quantitatively ranking incorrect responses to multiple-choice questions using item response theory

    Smith, T. I., Louis, K. J., Ricci, B. J. & Bendjilali, N., Jun 2020, In : Physical Review Physics Education Research. 16, 1, 010107.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Determining a hierarchy of correctness through student transitions on the FMCE

    Louis, K. J., Ricci, B. J. & Smith, T. I., Jan 1 2018, In : Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. 2018

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

  • 2 Scopus citations

    NoNIP: Natures of negativity in introductory physics

    Brahmia, S. W., Olsho, A., Smith, T. & Boudreaux, A., Jan 1 2018, In : Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. 2018

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

  • Representing uncertainty on model analysis plots

    Smith, T. I., 2016, In : Physical Review Physics Education Research. 12, 2, 023102.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations