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ERIC Number: EJ1120273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Promoting the Understanding of Mathematics in Physics at Secondary Level
Thompson, Alaric
School Science Review, v97 n360 p43-48 Mar 2016
This article explores some of the common mathematical difficulties that 11- to 16-year-old students experience with respect to their learning of physics. The definition of "understanding" expressed in the article is in the sense of transferability of mathematical skills from topic to topic within physics as well as between the separate sciences and mathematics. It is argued that students who are taught the reasoning behind the processes are less likely to compartmentalise their learning. Some strategies, particularly concerning the language of mathematics, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A