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Neilson, Drew; Campbell, Todd – Science Teacher, 2018
Science students should use mathematical and computational thinking to explain phenomena, but few examples of teachers engaging students in this important scientific practice have been found. This article describes a strategy for enhancing a lesson in which students use a mechanistic model to explain friction by adding mathematical and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Computation
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Campbell, Todd; Neilson, Drew – Science Teacher, 2016
In this article Campbell and Neilson discuss several design strategies developed or adopted that were found particularly helpful when sequencing a unit that focused on learning about motion and acceleration. Students were expected to predict, observe, and explain why a ball traveled down one ramp faster than the other. Before engaging students,…
Descriptors: Models, Motion, Kinetics, Scientific Principles