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written by Jonathan Tumaniro and Edward F. Redish
This article helps explain why many introductory, algebra-based physics students perform poorly on mathematical problem solving tasks in physics. Many physics faculty assume that the lack of mathematical skills is the causing this problem. However, this research presents evidence suggesting that the major source of the students' errors is their failure to apply the mathematical knowledge they have or to interpret that knowledge in a physical context. Additionally, the authors provide an instructional strategy that can help students employ the mathematical knowledge they already possess.
Physics Education Research Conference 2003
Part of the PER Conference series
Madison, WI: August 6-7, 2003
Volume 720, Pages 113-116
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- Instructional Material
= Instructor Guide/Manual
- Reference Material
= Research study
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1807267
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© 2003 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.1807267
ISBN Number:
0-7354-0200-0
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Gm
Keywords:
PERC 2003, math students, problem solving, student assessment, student comprehension
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Metadata instance created July 14, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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May 11, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Tumaniro and E. Redish, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, 2003, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2984&DocID=2781).
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J. Tumaniro and E. Redish, Understanding Students' Poor Performance on Mathematical Problem Solving in Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, 2003, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2984&DocID=2781>.
APA Format
Tumaniro, J., & Redish, E. (2003, August 6-7). Understanding Students' Poor Performance on Mathematical Problem Solving in Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2984&DocID=2781
Chicago Format
Tumaniro, Jonathan, and Edward F. Redish. "Understanding Students' Poor Performance on Mathematical Problem Solving in Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2003, Madison, WI, August 6-7, 2003. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2984&DocID=2781 (accessed 18 December 2014).
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Tumaniro, Jonathan, and Edward F. Redish. "Understanding Students' Poor Performance on Mathematical Problem Solving in Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2003. Madison, WI: 2003. 113-116 Vol. 720 of PER Conference. 18 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=2984&DocID=2781>.
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