Yustiandi yustiandi(1*), Duden Saepuzaman(2)

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(2) Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
(*) Corresponding Author


This research was motivated by students' difficulties drawing and interpreting P-V-T diagrams to describe thermal processes and the ideal gas cycle. The method used in this study is a quasi-experimental method by comparing the results of the students' pre-test and post-test. This research was conducted on 21 students in one of the public schools in Pandeglang, Banten. Based on the study's results, PCT improved students' understanding of drawing and interpreting P-V-T diagrams to describe thermal processes and the ideal gas cycle. Several conceptual difficulties founded during the research. First, the most difficult in P-V, P-T, and V-T diagrams, respectively, is to draw the adiabatic process. Second, the percentage of students who answered the P-V diagram correctly was higher than those who answered the P-T and V-T diagrams. Third, students were more interested in and understood processes with unique characteristics such as isobaric, which means constant pressure; isochoric, which means constant volume and isothermal, which means constant temperature.


Pre-Class Tutorial; Concept Understanding; Thermodynamic

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