Experts' understanding of partial derivatives using the Partial Derivative Machine

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David Roundy; Eric Weber; Tevian Dray; Rabindra R. Bajracharya; Allison Dorko; Emily M. Smith; Corinne A. Manogue;

Partial derivatives are used in a variety of different ways within physics. Most notably, thermodynamics uses partial derivatives in ways that students often find confusing. As part of a collaboration with mathematics faculty, we are at the beginning of a study of the t... View more