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Re: [Phys-l] thermodynamics assessment

One minor criticism of the quiz, of the "matters of taste" variety. Knowing your personality and/or making some not too outrageous assumptions about the a possible author of the quiz based on several of the more "obvious" questions; a person might make the guess that all the answers are "N" and score a 100%.

The "utility" of the quiz might be enhanced by rewording the questions for a mix of Y and N answers. Of course, I realize the quiz I partly tongue in cheek and therefore the all N answer quiz is itself making a point that would probably be obscured by my suggestion.


Joel Rauber, Ph.D 
Professor and Head of Physics
Department of Physics
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
605.688.5428 (w)
605.688.5878 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:phys-l-] On Behalf Of John Denker
Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2010 9:00 PM
To: Forum for Physics Educators
Subject: [Phys-l] thermodynamics assessment

Hi --

Here is a short, simple quiz:

It consists of a few true/false questions, covering
things that students might learn in a standard thermo

You will quickly discover that this does not have much
direct value as a classroom quiz ... but you may find
it amusing and/or indirectly useful.

This should not be too closely linked to my previous
"amusing" math quiz; this one is amusing in a different
way. It is also much easier to grade.

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