ERIC Number: ED493139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Problem Solving and the Use of Math in Physics Courses
Redish, Edward F.
Online Submission, Paper presented at World View on Physics Education in 2005: Focusing on Change (Delhi, India, Aug 21-26, 2005)
Mathematics is an essential element of physics problem solving, but experts often fail to appreciate exactly how they use it. Math may be the language of science, but math-in-physics is a distinct dialect of that language. Physicists tend to blend conceptual physics with mathematical symbolism in a way that profoundly affects the way equations are used and interpreted. Research with university physics students in classes from algebra-based introductory physics indicates that the gap between what students think they are supposed to be doing and what their instructors expect them to do can cause severe problems. (Contains 7 figures.)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A