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Hyland, Diarmaid; van Kampen, Paul; Nolan, Brien C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018
This paper reports on the first part of a multiphase research project that seeks to identify and address the difficulties encountered by physics students when studying differential equations. Differential equations are used extensively by undergraduate physics students, particularly in the advanced modules of their degree. It is, therefore,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Teaching Methods, Equations (Mathematics)
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Farrell, Fionnuala; Carr, Michael – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 2019
Over the last number of years we have gradually been introducing a project based learning approach to the teaching of engineering mathematics in Dublin Institute of Technology. Several projects are now in existence for the teaching of both second-order differential equations and first order differential equations. We intend to incrementally extend…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Engineering Education, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods
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Bollen, Laurens; van Kampen, Paul; De Cock, Mieke – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
We have developed, implemented, and assessed a teaching-learning sequence that aims to enhance students' understanding of the divergence and curl of electromagnetic fields. We designed guided-inquiry worksheets based on student difficulties we identified during semiquantitative and qualitative studies and discussions in the literature. A multiple…
Descriptors: Energy, Magnets, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation