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ERIC Number: ED020327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Pages: 135
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Reference Count: 0
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THE ROLE OF MATHEMATICS IN ELECTRICAL-ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY.
BARLOW, MELVIN L.; SCHILL, WILLIAM JOHN
THIS STUDY WAS CONCERNED WITH DETERMINING THE KIND OF MATHEMATICS THE ELECTRONICS TECHNICAL WORKER ACTUALLY USED, OR NEEDED TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF ON THE JOB SO THAT JUNIOR COLLEGES COULD DETERMINE THE WAYS AND MEANS OF INTEGRATING OR SCHEDULING IT INTO THE TECHNICAL CURRICULUM. DATA WERE GATHERED FROM 90 TECHNICAL WORKERS, SELECTED AT RANDOM FROM 44 RANDOMLY SELECTED CALIFORNIA ELECTRONICS COMPANIES, AND FROM 29 INSTRUCTORS SELECTED AT RANDOM FROM 45 JUNIOR COLLEGES WITH ELECTRONICS PROGRAMS. THE TWO METHODS OF COLLECTING DATA WERE INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS IN WHICH PERSONAL DATA AND JOB HISTORY DATA WERE COLLECTED, AND Q-SORTS WHICH DETERMINED MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS OR SKILLS NEEDED TO PERFORM ON THE JOB. THE Q-SORT WAS A MEANS OF GETTING THE TECHNICAL WORKERS TO DISTRIBUTE INTO 9 DIFFERENT PILES 66 MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS ACCORDING TO THE EXTENT TO WHICH THESE PROBLEMS WERE CHARACTERISTIC OF THEIR DAY-TO-DAY WORK. MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS OR SKILLS DEFINED AS ESSENTIAL TO ELECTRONICS TECHNICAL WORKERS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WERE CONVERSION OF FRACTIONS TO DECIMALS, PERCENT CALCULATIONS OF TOLERANCE, CHANGING PERCENTAGE TO DECIMALS, CONVERSION OF METRIC TO AMERICAN MEASURING SYSTEM, SQUARE ROOT LONG-HAND METHOD, DIVISION OF SIGNED NUMBERS, SCIENTIFIC NOTATION, ESTIMATION OF ARITHMETIC PROBLEMS, MULTIPLICATION WITH EXPONENTS, DIVISION WITH EXPONENTS, RAISING TO A POWER WITH EXPONENTS, USE OF NEGATIVE EXPONENTS, RATIOS, AND PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM. INSTRUCTORS RECRUITED TO TEACH THIS CURRICULUM SHOULD HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN INDUSTRY, AND HAVE COMPLETED MATHEMATICS THROUGH CALCULUS. (HC)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Div. of Vocational Education.
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