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This is a continuation of a set of work investigating how students use mathematics when solving physics problems. This phase of the study specifically looked at qualitative data from in-depth group interviews to expand upon the more quantitative studies previously conducted. Specifically, but unsurprisingly, the results indicate that students tend to focus on the solution technique when examining math problems but heavily emphasize the context of the problem when examining physics problems. This is evident in a variety of tasks including grouping/matching exercises and oral discussions of the nature of the problems, and is true regardless of the purposeful prompting of students to consider the solution techniques required. Analysis from these interviews will be presented here, as well as some indication for future work to facilitate a more natural and useful incorporation of these disciplines for effective problem solving.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 201-204
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Education - Basic Research
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- Problem Solving
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.038
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2013, content, math, physics education, problem solving, similarity, structure
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D. Jones, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13137&DocID=3685).
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D. Jones, Students’ Views of Math and Physics Problems: Structure vs. Content presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13137&DocID=3685>.
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Jones, D. (2013, July 17-18). Students’ Views of Math and Physics Problems: Structure vs. Content. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13137&DocID=3685
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Jones, Dyan. "Students’ Views of Math and Physics Problems: Structure vs. Content." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13137&DocID=3685 (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Jones, Dyan. "Students’ Views of Math and Physics Problems: Structure vs. Content." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 201-204 of PER Conference. 29 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13137&DocID=3685>.
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