ERIC Number: EJ914742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Matter Gravitates, but Does Gravity Matter?
Groetsch, C. W.
PRIMUS, v21 n2 p142-148 2011
The interplay of physical intuition, computational evidence, and mathematical rigor in a simple trajectory model is explored. A thought experiment based on the model is used to elicit student conjectures on the influence of a physical parameter; a mathematical model suggests a computational investigation of the conjectures, and rigorous analysis at the level of elementary calculus is used to settle the issue.
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Calculus, College Mathematics, Computation, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Physics, Equations (Mathematics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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