Trevor Smith

Rowan University

    • 71 Citations
    • 6 h-Index
    20072022
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    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.

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    Projects 2017 2022

    Research Output 2007 2018

    • 71 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

    Rowan University

    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

    Rowan University

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    physics
    education
    mathematics
    expert
    research focus
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Representing uncertainty on model analysis plots

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

    Rowan University

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

    Rowan University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Student understanding of the Boltzmann factor

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

    Rowan University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    students
    student
    mechanic
    statistical mechanics
    education