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López-Gay, R.; Martinez Sáez, J.; Martinez Torregrosa, J. – Science & Education, 2015
The process of the mathematization of physical situations through differential calculus requires an understanding of the justification for and the meaning of the differential in the context of physics. In this work, four different conceptions about the differential in physics are identified and assessed according to their utility for the…
Descriptors: Physics, Barriers, Calculus, Mathematical Applications
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Kalman, Calvin – Science & Education, 2010
This paper is centered on getting students to understand the nature of science (NOS) by considering historical material in relation to modern philosophers of science. This paper incorporates the methodology of contrasting cases in the calculus-based introductory physics course on optics and modern physics. Students study one philosopher all…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Calculus, Science Education, Teaching Methods