Trevor Smith

  • 73 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
20072022
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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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students Physics & Astronomy
physics Social Sciences
education Physics & Astronomy
statistical mechanics Physics & Astronomy
Carnot cycle Physics & Astronomy
student Social Sciences
heat engines Physics & Astronomy
evaluation Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2017 2022

Research Output 2007 2018

  • 73 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 4 Conference contribution
  • 2 Conference article

Determining a hierarchy of correctness through student transitions on the FMCE

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

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

students
hierarchies
evaluation
student
mechanic

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

physics
education
mathematics
expert
research focus
1 Citation (Scopus)

Representing uncertainty on model analysis plots

Smith, T. I., Jan 1 2016, In : Physical Review Physics Education Research. 12, 2, 023102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

model analysis
plots
uncertainty
students
learning
6 Citations (Scopus)

Identifying student difficulties with entropy, heat engines, and the Carnot cycle

Smith, T. I., Christensen, W. M., Mountcastle, D. B. & Thompson, J. R., Sep 23 2015, In : Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. 11, 2, 020116.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carnot cycle
heat engines
entropy
students
heat
2 Citations (Scopus)

Student understanding of the Boltzmann factor

Smith, T. I., Mountcastle, D. B. & Thompson, J. R., Sep 23 2015, In : Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research. 11, 2, 020123.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

students
student
mechanic
statistical mechanics
education